A federal jury decided on Wednesday that Wal-Mart had intentionally failed to pay hundreds of its truck drivers in California the minimum wage for duties. These duties involved inspecting and washing their vehicles.
Wal-Mart’s defense was that the truckers are paid for activities that include maintenance tasks and that they are not working during layovers.
The jury awarded the workers more than $54 million in damages.
According to Wal-Mart attorney, Scott Edelman, “The findings on the other claims were dictated, we believe, by juror instructions that the court gave that were wrong and will be the subject of post-trial motions and, if necessary, an appeal,” he said.
A spokesman for the retail giant said that they company is likely to appeal. According to Wal-Mart, their “truck drivers are paid in compliance with California law and often in excess of what California law requires,” Randy Hargrove said in a statement.
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