02/14/2013 // San Francisco, CA, USA // Keller Grover LLP // Eric Grover // (Blog)
It’s Wal-Mart’s responsibility to ensure that all of its employees, even if they aren’t employed directly by them, are receiving fair treatment under labor laws. Wal-Mart is an alleged “joint employer,” meaning it would also liable for any labor violations, says Eric Grover, a Bay Area employment lawyer. While Wal-Mart may not have been directly aware of the violations, if it’s proven to be a joint employer, they’re responsible for ensuring that its temporary staffing agencies follow the law.
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A federal judge ruled that Wal-Mart can be added as a defendant to a class-action lawsuit brought by temporary warehouse workers in the Inland Empire.
The battle involves a warehouse operated by Schneider Logistics, which receives containers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and ships them to Wal-Mart distribution centers and stores around the country.