I had a friend who worked in the automotive section at a Wal-Mart a few years ago. He told me that they were fanatical about making, forcing really, people take two unpaid 15 minute breaks and one paid 30 minute break a day. They went so far as threatening to fire people who didn't take all their break time.
I'm having a hard time squaring that with this:
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers representing about 116,000 former and current Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) employees in California told a jury Monday that the world's largest retailer systematically and illegally denied workers lunch breaks.
The suit in Alameda County Superior Court is among about 40 cases nationwide alleging workplace violations against Wal-Mart, and the first to go to trial. Wal-Mart, which earned $10 billion last year, settled a lawsuit in Colorado for $50 million that contains similar allegations to California's class action. The company also is accused of paying men more than women in a federal lawsuit pending in San Francisco federal court.
I don't know. Maybe they do things differently in California.