NEW YORK — Walmart Stores Inc. is being slapped with a lawsuit that claims that the world’s largest retailer and its staffing agencies broke federal minimum wage and overtime laws by requiring temporary workers to appear early for work, stay late to complete work and work through lunches and breaks without compensation.
According to the proposed class action suit that was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court of Illinois Eastern Division, Labor Ready and QPS, two of the staffing agencies that the discounter used in the Chicago area, failed to provide workers assigned to the Walmart stores with required employment information.
The suit also claims that Walmart itself failed to keep accurate records of workers’ time. Dan Fogleman, a Walmart spokesman, said that the company is still reviewing the complaint. “We are committed to ensuring that anyone working in our stores, whether they’re employed by Walmart or in this case, a temporary staffing agency, is treated appropriately and compensated fairly for every hour they work.”The Associated Press