Wal-Mart will pay $11M to settle Iowa workers' case

Clinton, Iowa A Clinton County (Iowa) District Court Judge said late Tuesday that Wal-Mart Stores has agreed to pay $11 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of 97,000 current and former workers in Iowa over allegations that they were forced to skip breaks or work off the clock.

Judge David Sivright gave final approval for the deal Tuesday, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The lawsuit, filed in 2001, claimed the company failed to compensate workers for off-the-clock work and overtime, altered employee time records, and prevented employees from taking lunch and rest breaks.

Wal-Mart announced in December it would pay as much as $640 million to settle 63 lawsuits across the country over wage and hour violations.