Target: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille
Goal: Praise the compensation of Walmart employees who were victims of wage theft
A Pennsylvania court just awarded $188 million to Walmart workers who were victims of wage theft by their employer. The workers had accused the company of not compensating them for the full amount of hours worked and for preventing them from taking mandatory breaks and lunch hours, which is required by U.S. labor laws.
Walmart has a long history of worker exploitation and foul play. They are frequently accused of wage theft, however it’s been difficult for workers to achieve justice because they also have a habit of harassing, threatening, and firing employees who attempt to speak up and organize class-action lawsuits. It took a lot of personal risk and bravery for the workers behind this particular suit to get to this point, and the most recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is a huge victory for worker’s rights across the country.
By signing this petition, you’ll send your thanks to the court that ruled in favor of the workers instead of standing up for huge corporate interests. It’s essential that we’re constantly encouraging courts to do the right thing and set a precedent for other exploited workers who need to take their causes to court. Otherwise, companies like Walmart will continue to be able to walk all over the people who make their profits possible.
Dear Judge Castille,
Recently, you and your court made the decision to award Walmart workers who were victims of wage theft by the corporate giant. I think we can all agree that everyone is entitled to the money they work for, as well as to their federally mandated breaks and lunch hours. However, this decision was extra important considering the fact that Walmart and so many other huge corporations have been accused of wage theft without their employees getting any chance for justice.
Many employees of Walmart and similar stores are so dependent on their jobs due to a poor economy and low wages that they’re unable to stand up to management, which has been accused many times of bullying tactics including cutting hours, threats, and even firing workers for the act of speaking up. That’s why it’s so important that these workers are backed up by the law, such as in court cases like this.
I’m writing to thank you for standing up against corporate interests and enforcing the law as it should be enforced. This is a huge victory for workers who have been kept in terrible conditions and intimidated for so long. Thanks to judges like you, they’re starting to make progress in their fight for the most basic rights, including the right to actually be paid for the hours they’ve worked.
[Your Name Here]
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