Santa Clara, CA: An employment class action lawsuit against Stewart’s Shops has been certified in New York. The complaint asserts that the Malta-based convenience store chain failed to properly compensate its employees for all the hours worked.
A former employee filed a lawsuit against the chain in January 2014, alleging she and other worker were not paid for all the hours they worked, and for mandatory call-in pay for store meetings and that they were deprived of an uninterrupted meal break.
The plaintiffs are seeking $20 million in damages on behalf of all non-exempt hourly employees who worked for Stewarts during the past three years.
Reportedly, a collective action has been certified under federal law for full-time employees who worked more than forty hours in any given week and were deprived of overtime compensation.
The Malta-based convenience store chain has 335 stores in upstate New York and Vermont, and $1.5 billion in sales.
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I worked for them from April 2011 to April 2013. It us definitely true. I worked the night shift often being made to stay late (2am after a midnight closing) after hours to clean and restock the store and not get paid for it. When I didn't I got my threatened with write ups because the store want perfect. No brakes even when I was pregnant and worked a 9 hour shift. If I wanted to eat I had to be counting registers, a deposit, or coffee.
Posted by Michele Oravsky
I worked at Stewart for over 6 years and we were not paid for meetings, lunch breaks or even received a lunch break for that matter...I worked some days 16/17 hours due to lack of help and I only was paid for 8..
Posted by Dawn Moore
This has been going on for more than 3 years. I worked for then around 2007-2008 and there were issues with not being paid properly then as well.
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