Wal-mart Rides Again

Wal-Mart, the recidivist criminal, is back in trouble with the law.

Jesse James, Bonnie & Clyde, and Al Capone had nothing on this notorious violator of our nation's laws and moral code of behavior. It routinely robs its nearly one million workers, depriving them of a fair wage and a fair chance. For example:


  • Wal-Mart illegally compels employees to work an extra hour or so without pay after their shift is over -- more than 30 states have filed class-action suits against the company for requiring this "off the clock" work.


  • The largest sex discrimination suit ever filed in U.S. history is under way against Wal-Mart on behalf of nearly a million women who have worked there.


  • Wal-Mart has been sued more times by federal authorities for discrimination against the disabled than any other corporation.


  • Wal-Mart has been formally cited more than 40 times in the past five years for using illegal tactics to deny its workers the right to join a union.


Its latest legal comeuppance came recently when the Feds raided 60 Wal-Mart stores in 21 states and arrested illegal immigrants working as janitors. The workers in these cleaning crews were being paid below the minimum wage, getting as little as $2 a day working for the richest retailer in the world.

Oh, no, cried Wal-Mart executives, they don't work for us, but for cleaning contractors we hire, and -- trust us -- we had no idea that they were hiring illegal workers and paying illegal wages!

What a crock. Wal-Mart is renowned for its elaborate computer network that tracks every cost it incurs, down to the penny -- and for demanding that its suppliers and contractors pay the least wage possible. Plus, this is the third time in the past five years that Wal-Mart has been caught pulling this same crime of using illegal cleaning crews. Not only does Wal-Mart know what's going on, but such exploitation of workers is integral to this corporate criminal's ongoing profit plan.

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