Wal-Mart Florida Employees Lawsuit

An appeals court has refused to reinstate class action status for a lawsuit that sought to represent 230,000 Wal-Mart employees across Florida.

The suit alleges the company forced many of them to work without pay during breaks and after hours.

Lawyers for several former Wal-Mart employees last year asked a circuit judge in Panama City to approve the suit on behalf of all current and former hourly workers who had been employed on or after July 13, 1997.

The appeals ruled this week that the class action should be denied because the employee group is too broad.

While the appellate court agreed the suit should be denied, the panel disagreed with the judge's reasoning.

The judge said if a jury decided that Wal-Mart cheated employees thousands of separate trials then would have to be held to decide compensation for each worker.