As part of the case, first filed in 2001, an expert statistician witness analyzed Wal-Mart’s paper and electronic payroll records from 1995 to 2005 and documented more than 1 million instances when Bay State employees were denied meal breaks.
State law requires employers to give at least a 30-minute meal break to employees who work more than six hours in a given day. Violations of the law, which is up to the state attorney general to enforce, are punishable by a fine of $300 to $600 per occurrence.
‘If you add the objective numbers that we have, the state can claim at a minimum $600 million in fines just from Wal-Mart,’ Bonsignore said. ‘Given the financial dire straits that the commonwealth faces, it’s incomprehensible to me that the attorney general is sitting on its hands.’
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