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$4M Settlement Agreed with Wal-Mart in Oregon Wages and Hour Class Action

This is a settlement for the Employment lawsuit.

Salem, OR: Wal-mart has agreed a $4 million settlement in a wage and hour class action brought against the retailer by 28,000 former employees.

The class action began nearly five years ago and was a merger of two earlier lawsuits. The suit alleged that the Arkansas-based company violated Oregon's wage and hour laws. Reportedly, Wal-Mart has agreed to pay as much as $4 million, $2.3 million of which would be distributed among the class members. Claimants will receive payouts ranging from $50 to $241. The rest of the settlement would go toward legal costs, including $1.3 million in attorney fees; $96,600 to $179,200 for the claims administrator; and $105,000 in other costs and expenses.

Additionally, the four named plaintiffs in the suit, Robbin Moore, Richard Blakley, Vincent Gies and Jeff Klink, would each receive $25,000 incentive payments. The former employees, either hourly or salaried, all worked at Walmart stores or distribution centers in Oregon, and their employment ended between December 9, 2002, and March 26, 2010.

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Published on May-27-10


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