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Workers in Walmart’s vast fulfillment network who say they have been treated illegally at work have gotten some good news for the holidays. Last Monday, just days after a Walmart contractor agreed to pay out $4.7 million for alleged wage theft to more than 500 warehouse workers in southern California, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) secured a settlement over illegal retaliation against employees at the retail giant’s distribution center in Elwood, Ill.
Days after Wal-Mart warehouse workers in California announced a $4.7 million settlement over alleged stolen wages, workers fired from the retail giant’s top U.S. distribution center announced a new Labor Board settlement over allegations their activism cost them their jobs.
“We knew our rights, but the Walmart contractors running the warehouse didn’t care and fired us illegally,” ex-employee Mike Compton said in an e-mailed statement. “Now they have to pay us thousands of dollars and they should think twice before going after warehouse workers organizing!” Wal-Mart did not immediately respond to an early morning inquiry.