Several workers claim Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and two staffing agencies broke federal minimum wage and overtime laws, according to a suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Twenty-one individuals named in the suit allege that from early 2009 and continuing through today, Wal-Mart, Brookfield, Wis.-based QPS Employment Group Inc. and Labor Ready Midwest Inc., a division of Tacoma, Wash.-based True Blue Inc., failed to keep accurate records of workers' time and provide workers with forms verifying hours worked, thereby making it "impossible for workers to make claims that they were not paid by the temp agencies for all of the hours they worked," according to the suit.
The workers also allege that Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart and its staffing agencies also failed to pay a minimum of four hours pay on days when the employees were contracted to work, but not utilized for a minimum of four hours as required by Illinois law, thereby preventing the workers from looking for other jobs, according to the suit.
The suit also calls for an injunction against Wal-Mart and the staffing agencies to prevent them from "future violations of state labor laws."
The suit claims that Wal-Mart contracts with staffing agencies for the services of hundreds of temporary laborers.
The retailer announced plans earlier this month to hire 50,000 workers for the holiday season.
Wal-Mart did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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