Stewart's Shops Faces Class Action Lawsuit

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A well-known convenience store chain in the north country is facing a class action lawsuit alleging violations of state and federal wage and hour laws.

The lawsuit, filed on January 9 in Federal District Court, alleges that Stewart's Shops failed to compensate employees for all hours worked.

Specifically, it is alleged that employees were routinely required to perform work before and after their scheduled shifts yet were not paid for such time.

The class action lawsuit also alleges that Stewart's Shops routinely deprived employees of mandatory meal breaks; failed to implement an accurate and effective method to record time worked by employees; failed to provide employees with mandatory disclosures concerning their rate of pay; and, failed to pay for the cost to launder and maintain required uniforms.

The lawsuit seeks class action status on behalf of 4,500 current and former Stewart's Shops employees throughout New York and Vermont.

The case is being prosecuted by Ryan M. Finn of Hacker Murphy, LLP, an Albany-based litigation firm.

Stewart's Shops operates 330 convenience stores in upstate New York and southern Vermont.

There are around two dozen Stewart's Shops in the north country.

See the lawsuit

Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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