Everybody likes to mop the floor with WalMart, whether the subject is gender discrimination, gun sales, the company's impact on America's downtowns, or whatever. The company has also had a spate of wage and hour litigation, most recently settling an overtime case with the United States Department of Labor for $33 million after turning itself in.
As MSNBC reports, however, the company still is in litigation with the State of California. This is a reminder for companies doing business here that as in so many other things, the California angle on wage and hour law is different. As Walsh and Walsh point out on their always insightful Wage Law blog (written from the plaintiff perspective), California is a whole 'nother place, as shown, for example, by the $172.2 million verdict in Alameda County last year for missed and shortened meal periods.