Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why did I get this Notice?

You are either a current or former hourly employee who worked at a Wal-Mart Store, Supercenter, Neighborhood Market, Distribution Center, or Sam’s Club in the State of Illinois for some time from June 20, 1996 until May 9, 2009.


2. How much money will I be receiving?

The amount of money you will receive, if any, depends on a variety of factors, including, whether you submit a claim form, which claim form you submit, how long you worked as an hourly associate at Wal-Mart in Illinois, and whether your claim form is determined to be valid. The amount you receive also depends upon the number of claim forms submitted by class members. Even if you do not submit a claim form, you may receive money from the settlement if you provide your current address to the Claims Administrator.  If your address has changed after working for Wal-Mart, please click HERE to provide us with your current address


3. Which claim form should I submit, Claim Form A or Claim Form B?

It’s up to you whether to fill out Claim Form A or Claim Form B. You can only fill out and mail back one form. You should fill out and mail Claim Form A if you wish to receive a payment of $25, $37.50 or $50. How much you receive will depend on the amount of time you worked as an hourly associate at Wal-Mart in Illinois from June 20, 1996 until May 9, 2009.
 
You should fill out and mail Claim Form B if you wish to receive a payment based on the amount of time you worked as an hourly associate at Wal-Mart in Illinois from June 20, 1996 until May 9, 2009, and your answers to questions on Claim Form B about missed breaks and off the clock work.  You will be compensated for missed breaks at $2.50 per break and for off the clock work at $10 per hour.
 
Click here and read Question 8 to see how the payments will be calculated in the Notice


4. How much money will I receive if I submit Claim Form A?

If you submit Claim Form A, you will be eligible to receive payment as described on the Claim Form and in Question 8 of the Notice (less applicable taxes and withholdings) depending on how long you worked as an hourly associate at Wal-Mart in Illinois during the period from June 20, 1996 to May 9, 2009. Please read the Claim Form carefully. You must complete Claim Form A in full and sign it under oath to be eligible to receive any payment. You may receive an additional payment over the amount specified above if there is a Second Distribution. (See Question 6 below)


5. How much money will I receive if I submit Claim Form B?

If you submit Claim Form B, you will be eligible to receive a variable payment up to the amounts described in Question 8 of the Notice (less applicable taxes and withholdings) depending on your answers to questions on Claim Form B about missed breaks and off the clock work and how long you worked as an hourly associate at Wal-Mart in Illinois during the period from June 20, 1996 to May 9, 2009. You must complete Claim Form B in full and sign it under oath to be eligible to receive any payment. You will be compensated for missed breaks at $2.50 per break and for off the clock work at $10 per hour.   You may receive an additional payment over the amount specified in Question 8 of the Notice if there is a Second Distribution. (See Question 6 below).


6. What is the Second Distribution? If I don’t fill out a claim form, can I still get money?

Even if you do not file a claim form, if you provide a current address to the claims administrator by clicking here or by mail to Brown Claims Administrator, c/o Strategic Claims Services, 600 N. Jackson Street, Suite 3, Media, PA 19063-2561, you may receive a payment from the Settlement. That payment is sometimes referred to as the “Second Distribution.” Whether you get that payment will depend on how many claims are filed by class members and the awards for attorneys’ fees and expenses and incentive awards to named plaintiffs. That payment, if made, will be based on how long you worked as an hourly employee at Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club in Illinois during the Class Period. The number of claims varies widely from case to case.


7. What if I don’t know the exact numbers to put down in response to the questions on Claim Form B?

Please provide your best recollection as to the numbers. Your answers should be true and correct to the best of your knowledge.


8. I am uncomfortable giving out my Social Security Number—do I have to put it on the Claim Form?

Yes. You must provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number to verify your identity. Your Claim Form will not be processed if your Claim Form does not include your Social Security Number. We assure you that this information will be kept secure and confidential and will not be shared with others.


9. Do I need to fill out and mail the W-4 form?

You only need to fill out and mail the W-4 form if you select Option A under Paragraph 4 on Claim Form A, or if you select Option A under Paragraph 9 on Claim Form B. You do not need to fill out and mail the W-4 if you select Option B on either claim form.


10. When will I receive a check?

No payments will be made until after the Court grants final approval of the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved. It is unknown at this time how long this will take, but it could take many months. In the event that your address/name changes during that time, please contact us to update that information by clicking here or completing the change of address form.


11. Will I lose my job or be retaliated against for submitting a claim form?

No. Wal-Mart cannot retaliate against you for participating in or opting out of the settlement. Wal-Mart has agreed not to discuss this lawsuit with you. For more information about the prohibition against retaliation, please read Paragraph 3 of  the Notice


12. Do I need to have my own lawyer?

No. Participation in the settlement does not require that you hire a lawyer. If you choose to remain a member of the settlement class but object to the settlement, or if you choose to opt-out of the settlement, you may hire a lawyer to represent you at the Final Fairness Hearing. You should review the Notice for more information, or contact Class Counsel if you have additional questions.


13. How do I get a Notice Packet and Claim Form if I did not receive one in the mail?

To get a Notice Packet and Claim Forms, you can visit the Important Case Documents section of this site to download and print out the Notice Packet and Claim Forms.  If you cannot print the Notice Packet and Claim Form you can also call 866-214-7144 and the Claims Administrator will mail you a copy.