Wal-Mart Resolves Investigation

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Wal-Mart Stores has resolved on a civil basis the Department of Justice’s more than four-year-long investigation into the employment practices of its former floor-cleaning contractors.

The agreement came after the government concluded its criminal investigation and announced it would not pursue charges against Wal-Mart or any Wal-Mart associates.

As part of this civil settlement, Wal-Mart has agreed to support the fair enforcement of immigration laws, including making a payment of $11 million to the government.

“The government can now use the funds for training and other initiatives that lead to better detection and prosecution of individuals and companies that prey on undocumented individuals,” said Tom Mars, Wal-Mart’s general counsel. He went on to emphasize that all businesses have a responsibility to remain vigilant.

“Today we are acknowledging that our compliance program did not include all the procedures necessary to identify independent floor cleaning contractors who did not comply with federal immigration laws,” Mars said. “We will use this as an opportunity to improve and be a better, more tightly run business as a result.”

Wal-Mart has already begun building stronger internal controls into its contractor review process. The company has also instituted a policy that requires floor cleaning at its domestic stores to be done by Wal-Mart associates.

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