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Wal-Mart settles lawsuit by Wash. workers for $35M

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $35 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of workers at Washington state stores who were forced to skip meal and rest breaks or work off the clock.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer and lawyers for the workers jointly announced Wednesday that a King County Superior Court judge has given final approval to the deal, which covers 88,000 people who have worked at Wal-Mart in Washington.

The plaintiffs' lawyers will receive $10.5 million to cover eight years of legal fees. Three workers who brought the lawsuit will receive $10,000 each, and the rest of the class will get varying amounts depending on how long they worked for Wal-Mart and how much detail they can provide about the violations they suffered.

Similar lawsuits were brought in other states. All but two, in California and Pennsylvania, have been settled.

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