Wal-Mart managers across the country knew about hours violations.

From Arkansas Business (via Wal-Mart Watch):
Wal-Mart managers were told in 2000 that employees were not taking breaks required under company policy and state laws, but ignored the findings of the company’s own internal audit, court documents show. “Stores were not in compliance with company and state regulations concerning the allotment of breaks and meals,” said the report, referred to as the Shipley Audit. A judge said Wal-Mart’s management, instead of responding to the audit’s findings, “put their heads in the sand.” Wal-Mart Stores Inc. now faces more than 70 lawsuits across the country accusing the Bentonville retailer of failing to award rest or meal breaks to its employees or forcing employees to work off the clock without pay.
Since "bad management exists because associates do not take action," this is obviously entirely the Associates' fault.

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