December 31, 2002
Posted at: 4:20 p.m. CDT
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart has lost a bid in Fayetteville to have a lawsuit by a former worker dismissed.
Employee Mark E. Freeman of Centerton sued the Bentonville-based retailer in U.S. District Court. He claims he had to work more than 40 hours a week without overtime pay.
Monday, U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren granted Freeman an extension to seek class-action certification. The judge turned away a motion from the store's attorneys arguing that Freeman missed a 90-day deadline to file the motion seeking class-action status.
Freeman's attorneys hope to broaden the suit to cover other Wal-Mart workers with similar complaints. Several dozen other lawsuits are pending against Wal-Mart in other states.