Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Wal-Mart janitors try again to bring class action suit over wages, hours

October 20, 2010
WASHINGTON — Just months after a federal judge decertified a class action suit charging retail giant Wal-Mart with complicity in janitorial contractors'' abuses of illegal aliens, a second attempt has been filed, according to a press release.
The new suit seeks certification on behalf of a class of immigrant janitors who are or have been employed at Wal-Mart stores in the United States who were denied the wages, benefits or other protections to which they are entitled under law, the release stated.
The suit also includes a subclass consisting of class members who were falsely imprisoned or otherwise confined by the company''s alleged practice of locking employees inside Wal-Mart stores while they worked, the release noted.
According to the release, the suit alleges janitors routinely worked seven days a week and were denied overtime pay, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Click here to read the complete release.