In a four-1 ruling earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition to review a 2006 jury decision in a class action, wage-and-hour lawsuit filed on behalf of Walmart employees in Pennsylvania.
In 2006, plaintiffs in Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores and Hummel v. Wal-Mart Stores were awarded $187.6 million in damages for wage-and-hour violations based on claims that the retail giant failed to properly pay employees for missed rest breaks and off-the-clock work. Walmart sought to have the decision overturned by the Supreme Court, arguing that the plaintiffs had not presented sufficient proof of class-wide commonality, only proof of individual claims. Walmart also argued that the determination of liability and damages in the case represented a “trial by formula” that had been disapproved by earlier Supreme Court decisions.
According to the majority opinion, however, liability in this case was not determined by a formula, but by evidence of breach of contract and wage-and-hour violations which were established by Walmart’s employment policies, business records and internal audits. Interest accrued since 2006 brings the current class action award to approximately $244 million.
Philadelphia class action lawyers at Sidkoff, Pincus & Green have been successfully representing plaintiffs in employment lawsuits for over 50 years. For more information about overtime violation claims and employment law in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, call 215-574-0600 or contact us online.