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Temp Workers Sue Wal-Mart, Staffing Firms

October 23, 2012

A group of Illinois workers filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and two staffing firms — QPS Employment Group Inc. and Labor Ready - Midwest Inc. — claiming they didn't receive pay for all hours worked and didn't receive employment and wage notices as required by law, according to the complaint in the lawsuit.

Wal-Mart and Labor Ready didn't respond to a request for comment by press time.

QPS cannot comment on the lawsuit at this time because the company has not yet been served with the complaint, Chief Operating Officer Dan McNulty said in a statement.

The lawsuit claims Wal-Mart contracts with staffing firms for hundreds of temporary laborers in its stores in and around Chicago.

"Two of the staffing agencies, Labor Ready and QPS, have failed to provide laborers assigned to work at Wal-Mart stores and other third-party client companies with information related to their employment, such as Employment Notices and proper Wage Payment Notices as required by the [Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Service Act]," according to the suit. "Wal-Mart and its staffing agencies have also engaged in a practice of requiring laborers to appear early for work, stay late to complete work, work through lunches or breaks and/or participate in trainings without compensation resulting in minimum wage and overtime violations."

The lawsuit seeks class action status.

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