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BUSINESS
August 15, 2007 | From Reuters
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed to pay more than $3.9 million to about 50,000 current and former employees in California who were underpaid overtime and other wages, the state's labor commissioner said Tuesday. The world's largest retailer also agreed to pay $198,900 in civil penalties to California, Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet said. In 2005, Wal-Mart voluntarily notified the labor commissioner that errors in its payroll processes had led to underpayment of overtime and other wages.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
A handful of workers caught in an immigration sweep across California and 16 other states and forced from the country earlier this year are now stepping forward to claim back wages they say their former employer owes them. The raids netted 23 workers from Orange County who were asked to leave the country. At least four of them have reentered the United States illegally and have since written to the federal Department of Labor to claim back wages.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2007 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court handed workers a major victory Monday, in effect tripling the back pay they can seek if they are forced to work through meal and rest breaks required by state law.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2007 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed Thursday to pay more than $33 million to tens of thousands of workers who were shortchanged on overtime wages during the last five years. The Labor Department said the settlement would average about $386 in back pay and interest for each of the 87,000 Wal-Mart employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A City Council panel voted 2 to 0 on Wednesday to extend a living wage ordinance to about 3,500 workers at 13 hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. Many workers would probably see a $1 to $1.50 per hour raise if the full council approves the move in the coming weeks. The ordinance is usually applied to employees of contractors doing work for the city. The Hotel Assn.
NATIONAL
September 11, 2006 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
When attorney Luz Molina met a worker on a street corner to talk about how he'd been stiffed of wages he was owed for helping install a roof, they weren't alone for long. As they spoke, five other men approached Molina with their own stories of work they had not been paid for. "There's no talking to one without three or four coming up to you," said Molina, a law professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2006 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Crew members of a cargo ship berthed in the Port of Long Beach struck for a second day Friday, saying they are owed more than $325,000 in back wages. The action, which began Thursday evening, brought work to a halt aboard the Endless, a Greek-owned bulk carrier that was being loaded with petroleum coke bound for Asia. Dockworkers have honored the crew's picket line and refused to load the Panama-registered vessel, which is berthed at Pier G.
WORLD
September 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Several thousand Palestinian security officers fired rifles into the air in Gaza City, joining other workers' protests for back pay from the cash-strapped Hamas-led government. In the southern Gaza Strip, three Hamas militants were killed in two Israeli airstrikes at the Rafah refugee camp. Israelis also fired at militants in the southern city of Khan Yunis, killing one and wounding two, hospital officials said.
SPORTS
August 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Major League Baseball was ordered by a federal judge to give five umpires $3.1 million to cover back pay, interest and medical costs as part of a lawsuit stemming from their failed mass resignation in 1999. After the Supreme Court declined in January 2005 to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling, baseball tried last November to give Gary Darling, Bill Hohn, Larry Poncino, Larry Vanover and Joe West more than $1.
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