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An Alameda County, Calif., judge has certified a wage-and-hour class action on behalf of more than 100,000 California Wal-Mart employees. The suit, the largest wage-and-hour case ever to be certified, could force the nation’s biggest retailer to shell out millions of dollars in back pay, one plaintiffs’ attorney said. On Nov. 6, Judge Ronald Sabraw cleared the way for plaintiffs to litigate Savaglio v. Wal-Mart, No. C835687, a suit alleging that Wal-Mart routinely asked workers to toil “off the clock” but didn’t pay them for it. The work included times when workers were told to shorten, skip or interrupt lunch and other breaks. A Wal-Mart spokesman could not be reached for comment.

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