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Walmart Warehouses Face Employment Lawsuits

Chicago, IL: Workers in Walmart' warehouses in Chicago and southern California have filed employment lawsuits alleging that the logistics companies contracted by Walmart are shaving dollars off their hourly wages as temporary workers and obscuring the practice by failing to give them accurate pay stubs.

According to the lawsuit 18 workers at a warehouse in suburban Elwood were paid less than promised and in fact less than minimum wage, by the company Eclipse Advantage. The lawsuit also names Mid-West Temp Group Inc. Some workers were hired by Mid-West to work for Eclipse, while others were hired directly by Eclipse.

The lawsuit notes that workers were promised $9.25 to $10 an hour plus a productivity bonus, but were paid for substantially fewer hours than they had actually worked, bringing their de facto hourly wage down. The suit also claims that the workers were also promised paid vacation but were never granted paid leave.

Furthermore, the lawsuit claims the companies violated state and federal labor law and the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act, one of the strongest such state laws in the country. Among other things the complaint charges that workers were hired and paid for less than four hours at a stretch – the state temporary labor law mandates workers must receive payment for shifts of at least four hours at a time.

The complaint states: "Defendants failed to pay Plaintiffs and other laborers a minimum of four hours "show up pay"on days when they were contracted to work but not utilized for a minimum of four hours and failed to pay Plaintiffs and other laborers vacation pay that they had earned and accrued pursuant to Illinois law and Defendants had promised them to induce them to work for Defendants instead of working for other staffing agencies."

In a press release worker Roberto Gutierrez said: "I worked twenty-one hours for Eclipse my first week and I was paid fifty-seven dollars for it… The company says I only worked twelve hours, but even by their logic I was still paid less than minimum wage. That' never right, especially so close to the holidays, that' why we came together and filed this, to put a stop to it."

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