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Wal-Mart Internal Audit Finds Thousands of Labor Violations

| Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2004 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

An internal audit obtained by The New York Times documents thousands of violations of state labor laws at Wal-Mart stores. The audit, performed by the company in 2000, uncovered 1,371 violations of child labor laws, 60,767 cases of missed breaks, and 15,705 instances when employees skipped meals at 128 stores during a one-week period.

Shortly after the audit, Wal-Mart stopped requiring employees to punch in and out for legally required 15-minute breaks. The company claims the change was for employees’ convenience. But critics contend Wal-Mart was seeking to eliminate evidence of labor law violations.

The Washington Post reports that Wal-Mart has launched an ad campaign to soften its image, while Business Week explores whether growing consumer concerns about the company’s labor practices will eventually catch up with the bottom line.

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Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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