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Wal-Mart accused of denying lunch breaks

For all those who champion Wal-Mart as a great example of American success, consider that they have done so on the backs of their workers (through low-wages, paltry benefits and other workplace violations) and at the peril of "main street" and local "mom-and-pop' retailers, the lifeblood of any community. Here's one more example of another rung in Wal-Mart's ladder to "enviable" success:
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers representing about 116,000 former and current Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) employees in California told a jury Monday that the world's largest retailer systematically and illegally denied workers lunch breaks. The suit in Alameda County Superior Court is among about 40 cases nationwide alleging workplace violations against Wal-Mart, and the first to go to trial. Wal-Mart, which earned $10 billion last year, settled a lawsuit in Colorado for $50 million that contains similar allegations to California's class action. The company also is accused of paying men more than women in a federal lawsuit pending in San Francisco federal court. The workers in the class-action suit are owed more than $66 million plus interest, attorney Fred Furth told the 12 jurors and four alternates. "I will prove the reason they did this was for the God Almighty dollar," Furth said in his opening statement. > more
Wal-Mart is the poster child of what is killing America and the American dream for most Americans.

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