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Wal-Mart, protesters clash over labor disputes

Over the years Wal-Mart has been criticized for its labor practices, and unions and labor rights groups have often protested alleged unfair treatment of Wal-Mart employees. Recently, more protests have occurred outside of Wal-Mart stores across the country. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is reportedly leading the protests. Now, Wal-Mart has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the union, alleging they are disrupting business and causing emotional harm to its customers.

Some workers plan to strike on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Some workers are rallying together to try to get Wal-Mart to pay them better wages and get better working conditions. Wal-Mart has brought its charge to the National Labor Relations Board, which will likely investigate and could seek court injunctions.

While Wal-Mart is a recognizable brand and company that often takes heat for labor practices, other companies might also have questionable labor practices. Whether a person works for a small business or a major corporation, it is important that every worker is treated fairly and in accordance with state and federal laws. People in Los Angeles should understand their rights if they believe they are being subjected to unfair wages or labor practices.

Speaking with an experienced employment law attorney might be a wise decision for someone who thinks they have been treated unfairly or their rights have been violated. They can help a person understand their rights and help resolve the problem or seek compensation for any wrongdoing.

Source: Reuters, "Wal-Mart files U.S. labor charge against union," Jessica Wohl, Nov. 16, 2012

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