Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is having a tough time right now. Exxon-Mobile just bumped the mega-retailer from first place on the Fortune 500 list of revenue-generating U.S. companies. The company is facing allegations of bribing foreign government officials and may soon be hit with a related shareholder suit. With all of this, corporate leaders must have been relieved last week to settle a wage and hour claim brought by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Like so many other holiday workers that are hired for temporary positions, Santa impersonators are exposed to violations of the minimum wage and overtime wage laws of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The use of subcontractors by large companies to hire temporary workers can lead to wage claim violations. Often it can be hard to identify the wage claim violation and track the violation to the temporary staffing company.