- Newsday reports that a US District Court judge has tossed out a motion by Wal-Mart looking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of illegal immigrant janitors charging that the retailer deprived them of overtime pay.
The janitors are among those who were arrested two years ago when authorities raided Wal-Mart stores around the country.
However, the judge also ruled that Wal-Mart could not be accused of subjecting the men to involuntary servitude, and threw out a charge that Wal-Mart was guilty of racketeering.
Wal-Mart has already agreed to pay an $11 million civil fine to end a federal probe into the use of illegal immigrants at stores in 21 states.
- There are reports in the British media that Andy Bond, CEO of the Wal-Mart-owned Asda Group there, has ordered an investigation into what he views as being a startling statistic – that some 50,000 of his employees do their weekly food shopping elsewhere, even though the get a 10 percent discount on all Asda purchases.