One Wal-Mart case goes class action

(November 6, 2003) — (Hastings, Minnesota-AP)-- In Minnesota, a judge has certified a class-action lawsuit filed by four people against Wal-Mart. The four are seeking compensation for more than 65-thousand current and former Wal-Mart workers in the state. The plaintiffs allege that the discount giant routinely forced workers to skip meals and rest breaks. The plaintiffs have all worked at stores owned by Wal-Mart. They also claim that Wal-Mart managers regularly forced employees to work extra hours without pay. The lawsuit could cover a period as far back as 1995. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Sarah Clark says the company denies the allegations and is considering whether to appeal the decision to make the suit a class-action case.