Apparel workers from factories in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Nicaragua and Swaziland that produce clothes for Wal-Mart filed a class-action suit against Wal-Mart in a California state court last week.The unique suit brought by the International Labor Rights Fund charges that Wal-Mart not only violated its own much ballyhooed code of contract for its contractors but also deliberately misled the American public about its efforts to protect the workers who make goods overseas for the retail giant. The suit alleges Wal-Mart’s code created a contractual obligation between the company and the thousands of workers employed by the contractors that are required to comply with the code. The workers charge they were paid less than minimum wage, denied time-and-a-half for overtime and were beaten and locked in the factories. For information, visit or