Illegal Retaliation Against California Wal-Mart Workers

The Grio Reports that the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the retail giant Wal-mart, violated employee rights when it unlawfully threatened employees if they engaged in a protests or strikes.


 Employment lawyers in Los Angeles are dedicated to ensuring that employees are not punished for asserting their rights under state and federal employment laws.

Wal-Mart retaliated against employees who were exercising their civil rights.

According to reports, Wal-Mart disciplined more than 80 employees which included the termination of 20 workers. Over 100 Unfair Labor Practice charges were filed against Wal-Mart with the National Labor Relations Board.

The National Labor Relations Board announced that it found merit in a 11 charges filed against Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart continually attempts to deny its workers basic hours and wages and then attempts to silence employees when they rise up, according to the accusations.

The workers have become emboldened by a recent admission by Wal-Mart’s CEO that over eight-hundred thousand employees make less than $25,000 per year.

Wal-Mart employees from Los Angeles are committed to three basic improvements to their work environment including: a minimum of $25,000 annual income, more full-time work, and an end to illegal retaliation by the retail giant.

These requests to are not outlandish but Wal-Mart is pushing back with force. Wal-Mart workers cited many additional problems such as unsafe working conditions, understaffing, manipulative scheduling and low wages.

The recent NRLB ruling affects Wal-Marts in multiple states including: Florida, Texas, Missouri and California.

The ruling by the National Labor Relations Board is a strong step in the right direction. The NLRB has ignored this problem for far too long by not finding violations by Wal-Mart during the last five years.

The ruling finally gives Wal-Mart employees some hope that going forward they will have support from the National Labor Relations Board. However, the penalties against Wal-Mart are not sufficient to act as a deterrent and stop illegal behavior by Wal-Mart in the future.

This is a particularly difficult time of year for retailers such as Wal-Mart to lose employees due to increased business from holiday shopping. But that does not guarantee Wal-Mart will budge.

NASSIRI Law group knows that many employers attempt to avoid paying their employees overtime or may try to avoid paying other taxes. In other circumstances an employer may not provide proper meal time periods or rest periods to their employees.

In the State of California employers must follow both federal and state employment laws. Employees are also entitled to be paid overtime for any hours worked beyond the traditional 8-hour workday or the forty-hour work week.

California employers are also not allowed to retaliate against employees who engage in lawful activities such as protesting.

Costa Mesa employment lawsuits can be filed with the help of the Nassiri Law Group, practicing in Orange County, Riverside and Los Angeles. Call 949.375.4734.

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