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Supreme Court rejects Wal-Mart appeal in employee wage case

The Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal from Wal-Mart on Monday challenging a $187.6 million judgment in a class action lawsuit.

In the case, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v Michelle Braun, hourly employees of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club had brought a class action lawsuit against the companies, claiming they failed to compensate them for rest breaks and off-the-clock work as mandated in their policies.

{mosads}Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club were ordered to pay Pennsylvania workers the multi-million dollar award for violating the state’s minimum wage laws.

The big box stores appealed to the Supreme Court after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the lower court ruling for the employees. But the justices on Monday rejected that appeal. 

In a statement Monday, Wal-Mart said it’s disappointed the Supreme Court decided not to review its case.

“While we continue to believe these claims should not be bundled together in a class-action lawsuit, we respect the court’s decision,” the company said.

“We will now determine how we move forward in the trial court.”

Wal-Mart went on to say that the claims in the lawsuit are over 10 years old and policies have been put in place to ensure all workers receive appropriate pay and break periods.

“We have taken additional steps over the last decade, including enhancing our timekeeping systems and additional training, to make sure all our associates understand the importance of those policies and comply with them,” the company said.

This story was updated at 11:34 a.m.

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