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Price Chopper Employees Get $6.5M Settlement Approved

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Boston, MA: A $6.5 million settlement has received court approval ending an unpaid overtime class action lawsuit pending against Price Chopper and Market 32 supermarkets.

The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by a woman in Massachusetts who alleged the company unlawfully classified her and other department managers as team leaders exempt from federal overtime protections. In total, there are four named plaintiffs, and a class of similarly affected but unnamed Golub employees. Parent company, Schenectady-based Golub Corp., will fund the settlement.

Although few details have been released on the settlement, the five named plaintiffs will each receive $10,000, in recognition of their efforts on behalf of the class. The final list of employees and ex-employees who make up the class consisted of 311 people who opted in and 1,144 putative class members.

The amount of the payment will vary greatly depending whether the employee opted in or was just a putative class member; how many weeks they worked; and where they worked, because Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania each have different statutes of limitation and, in some cases, multiply penalties.

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