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Government charges Walmart with labor violations

Protesters walked through a Walmart parking lot on Black Friday in Elgin, Ill., in 2013.
Protesters walked through a Walmart parking lot on Black Friday in Elgin, Ill., in 2013.Jeff Haynes/Reuters/File

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WASHINGTON — Federal officials have filed a formal complaint charging that Wal-Mart violated the rights of protesting and striking workers last year.

The National Labor Relations Board says Walmart illegally fired, disciplined, or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states, including Massachusetts, for participating in legally protected activities to complain about wages and working conditions.

The labor board’s general counsel first laid out the charges last November, but held off on filing a complaint while trying to work out a settlement with Walmart. The company has insisted its actions were legal and justified.

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