Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has lost most of its appeal in connection with a $187.6 million verdict for Pennsylvania hourly workers, although the award could be lowered as the trial court was ordered to recalculate the award of legal fees.
The original state court lawsuit was filed in 2006 in Philadelphia on behalf of current and former Wal-Mart hourly employees in Pennsylvania between 1998 and 2006, which alleged that the discounter denied them meal and rest breaks.
A Pennsylvania appellate court on Friday ruled that there was sufficient evidence for jurors to find that Wal-Mart violated state wage and hour laws. However, it ordered the trial court to recalculate its $45.6 million award of legal fees due to some errors in “double-counting” of factors, according to a Reuters report on Monday.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said, “We’re committed to paying our associates for every hour they work and providing them with meals and rest breaks. That’s our policy and we take it very seriously. In this case, we believe the trial court was wrong in a number of respects and we look forward to additional review in the courts.”
The spokesman declined comment on what those legal options are, but noted that there are several the discounter was considering.