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October 2012 Archives

Walmart Sued by Temporary Workers for Wage and Hour Violations

Walmart Stores Inc. has been sued by temporary workers in a Chicago federal court on charges of minimum wage and overtime violations. In the proposed class action, temporary workers, who have worked for the retail giant since early 2009, claim that Walmart and its temporary agencies required temp workers to begin work early, stay late to complete work, work through lunches or breaks and participate in trainings without compensation. All of these activities resulted in wage and overtime violations.

The suit also alleges that Walmart failed to keep adequate records of workers’ time as required by federal and state laws. The suit seeks all unpaid wages and an injunction against Walmart Stores Inc. and its temporary agencies.

Sandusky Sentenced to 30 to 60 Years in Prison for Child Sex Abuse

Jerry Sandusky, a convicted child sex abuser from Pennsylvania, was formally sentenced on Tuesday to a minimum of 30 years in prison for his abuse of several young boys during his time as assistant football coach at Penn State. During the sentencing, Judge John Cleland stated that the “dangerous” Sandusky will not be eligible for parole for 30 years and will face no more than 60 years in prison, with credit for time served.

In pleading for his innocence on the day before sentencing, Sandusy was heard in an audio recording stating “[T]hey could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can’t take away my heart. In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts.”

While this ruling ends the high-profile, often emotional trial that chronicled the abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period, Sandusky’s lawyers say that he claims his innocence and plans to appeal.

Currently 68, Sandusky is likely to die in prison, according to court documents.

Mike McQueary Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Penn State

Mike McQueary, a key witness in the trial that led to Jerry Sandusky’s arrest for child molestation, has filed a lawsuit against Penn State for defamation, misrepresentation, and whistle-blower charges. The complaint alleges, among other things, that McQueary’s cooperation with investigators back in 2001 led to the suspension and eventual firing of the former assistant football coach. The complaint also alleges that his treatment by the university since Sandusky was arrested in November has caused him distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment. The lawsuit seeks millions of dollars in damages and legal fees.

Pennsylvania Judge Halts Voter ID Law

A Pennsylvania judge has halted enforcement of the state’s new voter identification law in time for the upcoming November 6th election. At issue was whether the controversial law, which requires all voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls, would lead to “voter disenfranchisement,” as argued by opponents. Judge Robert Simpson, who upheld the law in August, and was later instructed by the state’s Supreme Court to hold further hearings, was not convinced that the law was merely a method to ensure proper voter identification, yet indicated that the law was a method to significantly reduce elderly and minority voter turnout during election time. As of now, voters in Pennsylvania may be asked to produce the newly required photo ID’s, but if they do not have them they may still vote.