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Walmart broke California minimum wage law, says federal judge. Walmart is once again having trouble with the concept that you have to pay people minimum wage for the work they do.

Walmart broke California minimum wage law, says federal judge

The company faces a lawsuit from truck drivers who were not paid by the hour, so that their pay for mileage and some specific tasks left out time they spent on other mandatory tasks, time for which they weren't paid: U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco has ruled Wal-Mart violated California’s minimum wage law when it failed to pay its drivers for all the tasks they do.

Walmart cuts worker hours to offset costs of raising wages. After raising the wage of its lowest paid workers earlier this year, Walmart is now reportedly scaling back hours of some of those workers, writes Bryce Covert.

Walmart cuts worker hours to offset costs of raising wages

Store managers were recently told to cut back on hours to reduce costs, which has led to them eliminating hours from the schedule, telling workers to leave their shifts before they end, or having employees take longer lunches, Bloomberg News reports. A spokesperson told Bloomberg that these changes are only happening in stores where managers had overscheduled employees. One anonymous Walmart worker near Houston told Bloomberg that her store had cut more than 200 hours a week by asking people to go home early. Judge Rules Walmart Violated Minimum Wage Laws, Stiffed Truckers Out Of Millions. The Fresno Bee Reported on Tuesday that U.S.

Judge Rules Walmart Violated Minimum Wage Laws, Stiffed Truckers Out Of Millions

District Court Judge Susan Illston has ruled that Walmart broke California’s minimum wage law when the company failed to pay its drivers for all the tasks they do. The May 28th ruling argued that “under California law, the drivers must be paid for all the time that they were subject to Walmart’s control”. The Fresno law firm filing the suit on behalf of the truck drivers, noted that they were not compensated for a number of tasks performed, including waiting in line to load or unload cargo, washing and fueling their trucks, and filling out federally mandated trip slips.

With 269 Stores Closing, Is this the Beginning of the End for Walmart? All great empires eventually fall.

With 269 Stores Closing, Is this the Beginning of the End for Walmart?

This is as true in retail as it is in geopolitics. Often the descent into oblivion takes decades. A&P, which was once such a formidable market power that it was the subject of antitrust hearings in Congress, began to falter in the 1950s, some 80 years after cloning its first store. At the time, it was by far the largest grocer in the country. Walmart faces sex discrimination lawsuit over benefits for LGBT couples. Walmart likes to burnish its public image by maintaining a decent record on LGBT rights.

Walmart faces sex discrimination lawsuit over benefits for LGBT couples

But the retail giant didn’t offer benefits to the same-sex spouses of its workers until 2014, a decade after marriage equality became the law in Massachusetts, and that has landed Walmart in a legal battle. Jackie Cote, a longtime Walmart worker, is suing—along with as many as 1,200 other current and former Walmart employees—arguing that the rejection of spousal benefits is sex discrimination, illegal under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Cote, who has worked at Walmart since 1999, married Diana Smithson in Massachusetts in 2004. In 2012, Smithson, a breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Wal-Mart Is Closing 269 Stores And Shutting Down 'Express' Sites (VIDEO)

New Study Finds Wal-Mart’s Miserly Wages Cost Taxpayers. Update: For more recent analysis, see “New Data Show How Big Chains Free Ride on Taxpayers at the Expense of Responsible Small Businesses,” from June 2013.

New Study Finds Wal-Mart’s Miserly Wages Cost Taxpayers

California taxpayers are spending $86 million a year providing healthcare and other public assistance to the state’s 44,000 Wal-Mart employees, according to a new study by UC Berkeley’s Institute for Industrial Relations. The study, “Hidden Cost of Wal-Mart Jobs,” found that the average Wal-Mart worker required $730 in taxpayer-funded healthcare and $1,222 in other forms of assistance, such as food stamps and subsidized housing, to get by. Even compared to other retailers, Wal-Mart imposes an especially large burden on taxpayers. Walmart loses $31 million court case over gender-biased retaliatory firing.

A jury has told Walmart to pay $31.22 million to a New Hampshire woman who says she was fired in retaliation for pointing out poor safety practices.

Walmart loses $31 million court case over gender-biased retaliatory firing

Maureen McPadden also said there was an added element of gender bias in her firing: McPadden claimed that Wal-Mart used her loss of a pharmacy key as a pretext for firing her in November 2012, when she was 47, after more than 13 years at the retailer. McPadden said she was fired in retaliation for her raising concerns that customers at the Wal-Mart store in Seabrook, New Hampshire, where she worked were getting prescriptions filled improperly because of inadequate staff training. McPadden also said her gender played a role, alleging that Wal-Mart later disciplined but stopped short of firing a male pharmacist in New Hampshire who also lost his pharmacy key. Wal-Mart’s winter to forget: The retailer’s reputation takes another massive hit. This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

Wal-Mart’s winter to forget: The retailer’s reputation takes another massive hit

Walmart just announced that it’s closing 269 stores globally, including 154 in the United States. Walmart to close 269 stores, 154 in United States. Walmart had a tough 2015, with shares falling 30 percent.

Walmart to close 269 stores, 154 in United States

The fallout from that will be a big part of the story of 2016: The company said the stores it plans to close are generally poor performers, and most are within 10 miles of another Walmart. 154 of the locations are in the United States, two-thirds of which are the smaller "Walmart Express" stores. Only 12 U.S. Walmart to shutter 269 stores, with most located in the US.

Woman sues Walmart after being told to 'choose between her career and her kids,' then fired. Women filing discrimination lawsuits against Walmart are nothing new.

Woman sues Walmart after being told to 'choose between her career and her kids,' then fired

Walmart firing people for questionable and controversial reasons is also nothing new. Now a woman is suing the low-wage retail giant, saying she was fired after complaining about discriminatory treatment. Specifically, Rebecca Wolfinger says her boss told her she had to “choose between her career and her kids.” Wolfinger's suit focuses on what she claims was her mistreatment while working as a shift manager. She was being required to work seven days a week when she received the "career or kids" threat, she contends. Walmart's Chinese imports cost more than 400,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs, study says. Imports from China have cost the United States a lot of jobs—3.2 million of them between 2001 and 2013. And Walmart accounted for around 415,000 of those lost jobs, a new report from the Economic Policy Institute estimates.

That’s 13.2 percent of the jobs lost to Chinese imports that can be attributed to Walmart. The manufacturing sector and its workers have been hardest hit by the growth of Wal-Mart’s imports. Wal-Mart’s increased trade deficit with China between 2001 and 2013 eliminated 314,500 manufacturing jobs, 75.7 percent of the jobs lost from Wal-Mart’s trade deficit. These job losses are particularly destructive because jobs in the manufacturing sector pay higher wages and provide better benefits than most other industries, especially for workers with less than a college education.

M.dailykos. The effort to organize Walmart workers and pressure the retail giant for improved wages and working conditions has shifted in recent months, focusing more on a media and advertising campaign than on in-person mass activism. That’s why you may have noticed less talk about strikes and protests on Black Friday, like the one pictured above. But the change in organizing tactics doesn’t mean a change in the mistreatment and exploitation workers face, or their desire for change.

About 100 workers committed to some form of fasting in the weeks before Thanksgiving, and a worker who can’t fast for medical reasons petitioned the company for a year-round employee discount on food as well as the $15 minimum wage workers have been fighting for. Earlier this year, Walmart announced it was raising its minimum pay, but fell well short of $15. While you shop on Black Friday, I'll be selling you things I can't afford to buy.

My nine-hour Walmart shift this Thanksgiving began at 9am, when most people were probably putting their turkeys in the oven. It ended at 6pm, after most holiday tables were cleared and Black Friday shopping plans decided. My Black Friday plans have already been decided: I’m working from 11am to 8pm, in my job as a produce associate in Winter Haven, Florida. At $9.90 an hour, I can’t even afford to buy the products I sell, despite our “super low prices”. It’s truly a shame that a company whose heirs have had more wealth than 42% of our country combined continues to profit off of the hard work of their associates, who are trying to make it on poverty pay. M.dailykos. After raising the wage of its lowest paid workers earlier this year, Walmart is now reportedly scaling back hours of some of those workers, writes Bryce Covert.

Store managers were recently told to cut back on hours to reduce costs, which has led to them eliminating hours from the schedule, telling workers to leave their shifts before they end, or having employees take longer lunches, Bloomberg News reports. Fired Walmart worker says she had to choose between a paycheck and a child. Walmart employee fired for redeeming $2 of cans finds groundswell of support.

Walmart Terminates Black Man For 'Stealing' Discarded Cans; Keeps White Female Thief. Thomas Smith: Image Via ABC13. Bombshell Report Finds Walmart Is Hiding Billions Of Dollars To Avoid Paying US Taxes. Judge Rules Walmart Violated Minimum Wage Laws, Stiffed Truckers Out Of Millions. ​Wal​mart blames wage rise for profits warning and 2015 sales downgrade. Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, issued a profits warning on Tuesday and cut its sales outlook for 2015, blaming wage rises and intensifying online competition for its woes.

Walmart Heirs Lose $11 Billion in Stock Value As More Consumers Associate Walmart with Greed & Exploitation. The days of corporate greed, robber barrons and poor sheep supporting them seem to be drawing to a close. Wal-Mart Executives Unlikely To Be Charged Over Alleged Bribes In Mexico, Report Says. The Wall Street Journal says federal investigators have turned up little to support the argument that Wal-Mart engaged in major bribery as it expanded in Mexico. The New York Times' 2012 account of how the corporate retail behemoth may have paid more than $24 million in bribes in Mexico as it expanded its presence in the country had an immediate impact. Wal-Mart's shares fell around 5 percent, which amounted to approximately $10 billion. The Department of Justice launched a probe into whether the company had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

And the two lead reporters on the story — David Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertab — were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. But, according to the Wall Street Journal, the federal government's three-year probe into the company's practices in Mexico "uncovered evidence that contradicted some of the allegations in the New York Times articles. " A spokesman for the Department of Justice declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation. Walmart Stock Tanks; Walton Family Heirs Lose $41 Billion! The stock market giveth, and the stock market taketh away. Here Are All the Reasons Wal-Mart’s Business Is Not Sustainable. This post first appeared at The Nation. You probably paid a cheap price for those groceries at Wal-Mart this week, but you almost certainly didn’t pay a fair price.

Wal-Mart is a case study of how the “free market” can distort the value of a basic human need: Every price tag in Wal-Mart’s food inventory — which accounts for a quarter of the nation’s grocery bill — is the product of agricultural subsidies, financialized commodities exchanges, and hyper inflated marketing. Lawsuit: Walmart Denied Health Insurance to Same-Sex Couples. Walmart workers this week filed a class action lawsuit against the retail giant, alleging that it discriminated against same-sex couples. The suit, filed on behalf of Walmart employees by the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, contends that the store’s policy of discrimination violates the federal Civil Rights Act. GLAD has represented the primary plaintiff in the case, Jacqueline Cote, since last fall when it filed a charge of discrimination against Walmart with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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