Gov't finds merit in labor claims against Wal-Mart

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Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are prepared to file formal complaints against Wal-Mart for allegedly violating the legal rights of protesting workers last year.

National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard Griffin said Monday there was merit in charges that the retailer unlawfully threatened employees with reprisal if they engaged in strikes and protests over wages and working conditions.

Griffin also is ready to press charges that Wal-Mart illegally threatened, disciplined or terminated more than 100 employees in 13 states for participating in legally protected strikes and protests on Black Friday, the big shopping day after Thanksgiving.

Formal complaints will be filed if Wal-Mart and the employees fail to reach a settlement.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said the company disagreed with the labor board and was taking steps to defend itself.

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