The lawsuit alleges that Wal-Mart and two staffing agencies are in violation of minimum wage and overtime laws which could affect several hundred temporary workers in the Chicagoland area.
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Wal-Mart has been the focus of numerous labor-related class actions, and in 2008 settled dozens of federal and state wage-related lawsuits for $640 million. In 2011, a gender discrimination class action lawsuit brought against the retail giant by its female employees was thrown out by the US Supreme Court- the court ruled that the lawsuit could not proceed as a national class action.
There are reports that Wal-Mart workers are planning to walk off the job on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day after Thanksgiving, in protest of Wal-Mart’s working conditions.