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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a state Superior Court of Appeals ruling that Walmart must "pay $188 million in back pay and fees for failing to pay employees for all hours worked and denying them breaks."

However, Walmart says it is considering another appeal, saying that it "disagrees with Monday’s decision, arguing the claims shouldn’t be bundled together into a class action lawsuit."

The Journal story notes that "Wal-Mart has paid out millions over the years to settle legal battles over its treatment of workers. In 2012, Wal-Mart agreed to pay employees $4.8 million in back wages and damages, as well as $464,000 in civil penalties, after the U.S. Department of Labor found the company failed to pay overtime to more than 4,500 workers. That followed a $352 million settlement the Bentonville, Ark.-company paid in 2008 to settle 63 suits across the country over allegations it didn’t provide workers with proper rest and meal breaks."
KC's View:
I'm always sort of amused when Walmart works hard to make sure that cases against it do not reach class action status; the argument seems to be, at some level, that these people are ganging up on Walmart, and the retailer would rather deal with the claims on an individual basis.

I don't often refer to Walmart as the Bentonville Behemoth for nothing, and the idea that anybody could "gang up" on Walmart is silly.

What's interesting to me, considering that these suits keep getting filed against Walmart and that the company continues to write checks, is that there would appear to be two possibilities. One is that while the folks at Bentonville are not condoning such policies, somehow a culture has evolved that makes people in the regions and stores believe that such behavior is necessary and appropriate. The other is that, in fact, Walmart's vaunted reputation for operational efficiency has created a centralized labor policy that has created a series of fires that the company is spending money to put out.

Either way, it strikes me as something that needs to be dealt with. Decisively.