Walmart to settle California cashier suit for $65 million

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FILE – This June 1, 2017, file photo, shows a Walmart sign at a store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Walmart-owned Jet.com will soon sell Nike products on its site as it seeks to catch up with Amazon ahead of the holiday shopping season. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Walmart has agreed to pay $65 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed it failed to provide seating for its California cashiers.

The Los Angeles Times says Walmart denies wrongdoing in the proposed settlement, which was filed this week in federal court in San Francisco.

If approved by a judge, the deal would end a nearly decade-old suit and affect some 100,000 current former Walmart cashiers.

The suit alleged that Walmart violated a 2001 California order that said workers must be given seats when the nature of the work “reasonably” permits it.

In the settlement, Walmart says it still believes that’s not the case for its cashiers, who must greet customers and stock shelves.

However, under the settlement, Walmart agrees to a pilot program making stools available to California cashiers.

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