A former employee of Wal-Mart Stores Inc sued the retailer in state court in New York, saying it refused to pay workers overtime and compensate employees for other hours worked during breaks, Wall Street Journal Europe reported.

The suit, similar to others filed against Wal-Mart in 11 states, alleges the Arkansas discount retailer requires employees to punch out and work "off the clock" hours without pay. The suit also charges that Wal-Mart managers pressured employees to complete unfinished tasks before and after their shifts, and during lunch and rest breaks, without pay.

The suit seeks class-action status, potentially on behalf of about 20,000 current and past hourly employees at about 83 Wal-Mart stores in New York state.

James Finberg, a lawyer with Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP, said the action is the latest in a list of suits filed against Wal-Mart for similar alleged violations in Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, California, Iowa, Oregon, Georgia and Colorado.

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