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Staples Inc. Settles Class Action Lawsuit

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 7:32pm PST

Staples Inc., an office supply store that serves clients throughout the U.S. and around the world, was the target of a class-action lawsuit that claims the retail giant wasn’t complying with federal and state labor laws.

The company settled the lawsuit for $42 million, but a court must still approve the settlement.

The class-action lawsuit claimed that Staples, Inc. wasn’t paying its assistant store managers for overtime work they performed. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of more than 5,500 current and former employees, which includes claims dating back as far as 2002.

Jeffrey Gottlieb, one of the plaintiff attorneys that worked on the case, cited an example of an assistant manager who worked 50-hour weeks on multiple occasions, but was never compensated for overtime. Gottlieb argued that the plaintiffs didn’t have the duties and responsibilities of management, and therefore should have been entitled to overtime.

Staples made a statement, saying the company is committed to fair and respectful treatment of all employees, that it believes it is in full compliance with both state and federal labor and employment laws. The company said it agreed to settle to “avoid further distraction from litigation” that has been on-going for the last three years.

If you feel like you are being paid an unfair wage or if you feel your employer is in violation of state and federal wage and overtime laws, an attorney at Lanier Law Group, P.A. may be able to help. To learn more, please contact the office today by calling 855-234-7619!

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