The National Labor Relations Board announced Monday that it will seek charges against Walmart for violating U.S. labor law by threatening and punishing employees who chose to go on strike last year, according to the Huffington Post.
Walmart disciplined workers in 14 states after nationwide protests on Black Friday in 2012. The NLRB also told reporters that Walmart warned workers against going on strike in news broadcasts.
The charges will not necessarily lead to prosecution, as the NLRB often settles with companies before prosecuting, according to the Huffington Post.
Since the protests in 2012, Walmart workers have continued to stage protests, calling for higher wages and better hours.