Walmart will have cough up 51 million in unpaid wages to workers who worked off the clock and forced to skip meals and rest breaks, thanks to a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision.
The court upheld lower and appellate court decisions on Monday, ordering approximately 187,000 Pennsylvania Sam’s Club and Walmart workers employed from March 1998 through April 2006 to receive unpaid wages and damages.
The 51 million is just a drop in the bucket for a company that paid its CEO 3.2 million in 2012, 1,034 times more than its average worker.
Walmart is crying foul, saying the “trial by formula” was unfair and that each of the 187,000 employees should have had to testify individually. The employees’ lawyer said that was poppycock, and though the employees didn’t testify individually, it wasn’t a “trial by formula” because individual pay records were reviewed and summarized.
Large protests all over the nation have demanded Walmart employees make 5 per hour and receive better working conditions. Fortune reported that Walmart could easily afford to raise their average employees’ wages, so easily in fact that they could raise them by as much as 50 percent and still pay their investors.
Walmart is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the company would be smarter to appeal to its better nature and pay its employees for the actual hours they worked — preferably at 5 an hour or more.
Learn more here http://fortune.com/2013/11/12/why-wal-mart-can-afford-to-give-its-workers-a-50-raise/