CLINTON, Iowa - A class-action lawsuit filed eight years ago in Clinton County accusing Wal-Mart of intimidating employees into working overtime without pay has been settled, with the company agreeing to pay $11 million.
The lawsuit was filed in June 2001 by Sally Mussmann and Taylor Vogue, two former employees of the Wal-Mart store in Clinton. Vogue later withdrew from the suit, and Ronda Harmon joined.
The settlement, which received final approval Tuesday from Clinton County Judge David Sivright, will pay 97,259 people who worked at Wal-Mart between June 5, 1999, and May 9, 2009, between $25 and $300 each, depending on their length of service.
The settlement forbids parties to the case and their attorneys from commenting.
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In December 2008, Wal-Mart announced plans to settle 63 wage and hour class-action lawsuits, including the Clinton County case, and estimated they would cost the company between $352 million and $640 million.
In the announcement, Tom Mars, the company's executive vice president and general counsel, said resolving the lawsuits was in the best interest of the company, its employees and its shareholders. "Many of these lawsuits were filed years ago and the allegations are not representative of the company we are today."
The lawsuit alleged that Wal-Mart gave its employees tasks that were impossible to complete during their scheduled work hours, then intimidated them into working extra hours without pay to complete their assignments.