April 6, 2016 |
Nearly 10 years ago, Delores Killingsworth Barber, then 25 and an employee at a Roosevelt Boulevard Walmart, took the witness stand in a Philadelphia courtroom and told a judge and jury that the retail giant was "stealing our time. " It got worse during the holidays, when, she testified, workers were told to "do whatever it takes to get it done, and if that meant missing your break, that's what had to be done. " Many years and boxes of legal documents later, the workers should be paid for those missed breaks.
May 29, 2015 |
T RACY MORGAN has settled his lawsuit against Walmart over a highway crash that killed comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. A filing in federal court in Newark yesterday refers to a confidential settlement reached by the two sides. Walmart called it an "amicable settlement. " Details weren't disclosed. A Walmart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and the others back from a show in Delaware last June.
March 25, 2015 |
Wal-Mart has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a December decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to approve a $151 million class-action award to employees in the state for unpaid wages and damages. In 2006, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury awarded Michelle Braun, a former employee, and nearly 188,000 other employees damages after some complained that the retail giant did not pay them when they worked off the clock or while they were supposed to be on breaks. In its March 13 petition to the Supreme Court, Wal-Mart said the trial jury and Pennsylvania court decisions were wrong because the company had been subjected to "trial by formula," with a few plaintiffs' allegations applied to the whole group.
December 17, 2014 |
Workers at Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Pennsylvania who worked off the clock and when they were supposed to be on break, or who were forced to skip their breaks, will receive $151 million in unpaid wages and damages, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ruled Monday, upholding lower- and appellate-court decisions. The case affects nearly 187,000 people employed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from March 1998 through April 2006. "This demonstrates that [this] type of shortchanging of workers at a mammoth employer should not be tolerated and that the justice system should provide some form of relief for low-wage workers, particularly through class actions," said Michael D. Donovan of Donovan Axler L.L.C., in Philadelphia, the workers' lawyer.
October 21, 2014 |
As more shoppers stay home and buy by phone, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has killed plans to keep opening new U.S. stores at the rate of more than one a day, and is instead building high-tech warehouses that ship straight to consumers, including one with help from a Pennsylvania tax break. Wal-Mart boss Carl Douglas McMillon , who took over management of the largest U.S. retail chain (and Pennsylvania's biggest private employer) earlier this year, told investors last week he will cut $850 million from his new-stores budget in 2015 - and spend $350 million more on "e-commerce" facilities, including a second giant warehouse in Bethlehem.
June 13, 2014 |
WHAT'S a long commute to work? A half hour? An hour? Any period of time on I-95 or the Schuylkill Expressway? NTSB accident investigators are looking into what role the commute of Kevin Roper - the driver charged in the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan - played in the fatal crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Wal-Mart driver Roper, who pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges yesterday, lived in Georgia. His job was based in Delaware.
December 25, 2013 |
The Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury saved the banks, corporations are pocketing record profits, rich investors are getting richer. But most Americans aren't sharing that wealth. Average hourly earnings, adjusted for inflation, are stuck at 1970s levels, the U.S. Labor Department reported. Retail and home sales are still slow. How will we grow our way out of this slump? More states are pushing for an alternative method to boost wages: brute force. Which is to say, higher minimum wages.
October 31, 2013 |
Malana Hayes, 27, has worked in retail for at least a decade, she said, including a stint at an upscale boutique at the King of Prussia mall, where she was assistant manager. On Tuesday, Wal-Mart promoted her - from a temp working in the men's department to a full-time associate in the deli of the South Philadelphia store. "It's a blessing," said Hayes, of Darby Borough, a mother of three. Wal-Mart executives have been fanning out across the country, calling in reporters and TV crews to witness promotions of store staff.
September 27, 2013 |
Four years ago, Jacqueline Horne lost her job as a business agent for a union and became a regular shopper at the Dollar General store in Pennsauken. On a recent visit, the 46-year-old mother of two, who now works part time at a Wal-Mart store, bought cleanser for 50 cents, candy for $1, press-on nails for $1 (she said she can't afford to get her nails done), and spices for $2.25, the most expensive item in her cart. "Actually, it turns out to be cheaper," Horne said of items at the Dollar General at 3400 Haddonfield Rd., on the border of Pennsauken and Cherry Hill.
June 28, 2013
THE PAULA DEEN empire has crumbled like corn bread. First, the Food Network dropped the "Queen of Southern Cuisine" amid revelations that she'd used racially insensitive language. Then, Smithfield Foods, which sold hams with her name and image, cut Deen loose. That was followed by Caesars Entertainment, which has not one, but four Paula Deen Buffet restaurants. Finally, the biggie happened: Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, cut ties. "We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar , a Wal-Mart spokesman.