Wal-Mart reaches settlement on overtime pay

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has reportedly reached a settlement with a former worker over a wage dispute. According to Tribune-Review, a Pittsburgh newspaper, James Jenko, a former assistant manager at a Wal-Mart located in Bentonville, Ark., first filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the corporation in February, claiming he was not being properly compensated for his time and attendance.

The suit alleged the retailer repeatedly violated state laws by denying employees overtime payments for working more than 40 hours per week. Jenko said the store knowingly misclassified assistant managers as exempt employees, disqualifying them from receiving overtime payments.

Jenko worked at Wal-Mart from 1998 to 2012, routinely clocking 50 to 55 hours per week, Trib Live reported. After nearly 15 years at the company, Jenko filed a lawsuit on behalf of himself and other current and former assistant managers, seeking back pay for overtime hours, interest and penalties.

Wal-Mart initially denied that state laws required the assistant managers to be paid overtime. However, several months later, lawyers representing both parties requested that the case be dismissed on the grounds that a settlement had been reached during mediation. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

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