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Wal-Mart Added As Defendant in Class-Action Employment Lawsuit

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A judge has decided that Wal-Mart can be named as a defendant in a class-action lawsuit filed by workers of a warehouse in the Inland Empire.

The warehouse workers are employed by Schneider Logistics, a company that receives containers from the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, and delivers them to Wal-Mart distribution centers across the country. The workers allege in their lawsuit that both Schneider Logistics and Wal-Mart violated federal labor laws. This included denial of minimum wage to workers, who number 1,800 in all. The lawsuit also alleges that the companies provided substandard working conditions. Two other staffing companies are also included in the lawsuit.

Wal-Mart has insisted that it should not be named as a defendant in this particular lawsuit, because the employees were not its workers. However, the warehouse workers have maintained that even though they're not employed directly by Wal-Mart, the company, which also happens to be the largest retailer in the world, is ultimately responsible for the way its contractors treat their employees.

California employment lawyers have been pleased to see that in response to all of these allegations, as well as a complaint made by workers employed by many of its other contractors, Wal-Mart has begun taking action. According to representatives of the company, Wal-Mart has begun the process of establishing an integrated system of auditors, who will conduct inspections of third-party contractors for the company. These inspections will be conducted to ensure that these contractors are providing their workers proper workplace conditions.

This is not the first time that California employment lawyers have found Wal-Mart embroiled in employment law-related issues. Wal-Mart has been embroiled in several employment-related lawsuits, including cases based on gender discrimination.

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