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Another Lawsuit Filed Against Wal-Mart Alleging Labor Abuse [05/16/2006]
Wal-Mart became the target of another class-action lawsuit, filed by advocates for workers in six countries who charged the company overlooks labor abuse at factories run by its suppliers.

The lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, lists as plaintiffs 15 workers in Bangladesh, Swaziland, Indonesia, China and Nicaragua. The lawsuit claims they were paid below minimum wage in their country, forced to work unpaid overtime, and in some cases even endured beatings by supervisors. It asserts that Wal-Mart failed to enforce worker treatment provisions of its contracts with suppliers.

The lawsuit also lists four California plaintiffs, including two unionized workers at Kroger unit Ralphs and at Safeway grocery stores, who claim Wal-Mart's entry into Southern California forced their employers to reduce pay and benefits.

The lawsuit could cover a class of anywhere from 100,000 to 500,000 workers, according to attorney that represents the plaintiffs.

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