Wal-Mart settles for $4 million in Oregon suit

Wal-Mart has set aside up to $4 million for a class-action lawsuit filed by 28,000 former Oregon employees.

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28,000 former Wal-Mart employees in Oregon are suing the company for failure to pay wages.

The company agreed to a settlement in which it maintains its innocence but must pay up to $4 million.

The class-action lawsuit, litigated for nearly five years, accused the world’s largest retailer of violating Oregon’s wage and hour laws. The suit, a merger of two earlier lawsuits, claimed that the Arkansas-based company didn’t pay — in a timely fashion or at all — wages, overtime or earned vacation owed to employees who had left the company…

The retailer agreed to pay as much as $4 million, of which $2.3 million would be distributed among the 28,000 class members. Claimants will receive payouts ranging from $50 to $241. The rest of the settlement would go toward legal costs, including $1.3 million in attorney fees; $96,600 to $179,200 for the claims administrator; and $105,000 in other costs and expenses.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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