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Walmart to be sued over employment dispute?

Walmart is at the center of a fiery legal dispute involving their employees. A number of Walmart employees filed complaints with the California labor dispute in regard to protests on Black Friday last year. Multiple employees were apparently sanctioned and even lost their jobs during the employment dispute.

The National Labor Relations Board has become involved in a series of complaints that came through the California labor department. Last year, employees organized a strike against Walmart for Black Friday. In return, the employees who were engaged in any type of strike activity were subject to adverse outcomes. The National Labor Relations Board may file a lawsuit after accusations emerged that the company's behavior was potentially unlawful.

In certain circumstances, the company's behavior allegedly included threatening and performing undue disciplinary action. Other behavior included termination of employees and, since strikes are protected under the law, the labor relations board categorized this as illegal. There were also a series of other complaints that were not considered unlawful, such as employee shift changes and being forced to move employee protests to other locations.

Should the results of these cases ultimately side with the employees, Walmart could be forced to provide compensation in one form or another. For example, the company could be ordered to remit back payments to employees who are deemed to be wrongfully terminated or adversely affected in an unlawful way. Other California employees who feel they have a genuine employment dispute with regards to wrongful termination or penalization in the workplace could choose to file claims of their own against those they feel are responsible.

Source:, Walmart Faces Criticism in Dispute with Employees in California, Heidi Turner, Nov. 23, 2013

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