Stewart’s Shops agrees to settle employee lawsuit

Stewart’s Shops agrees to settle employee lawsuit

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Stewart’s Shops has agreed to pay up to $675,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by employees who claimed the company did not pay all the hours they worked.

Holly Gregory filed the lawsuit in 2014. At the time, she lived in Lewis County and worked at the West Carthage Stewart’s Shop, though she now reportedly lives in Florida.

The Watertown Times first reported the terms of the settlement. 7 News has independently confirmed them.

Through the six years of the lawsuit, Stewart’s has denied all the claims and has argued “it has consistently paid its employees in full compliance with both federal and state law.”

Gregory alleged Stewart’s didn’t pay overtime, while requiring employees to show up early for their shifts and stay late. Stewart’s was also accused of not paying employees “call-in” pay for mandatory store meetings, and for not providing paid 20 minute meal breaks, though that claim was dismissed by a judge.

Stewarts will pay up to $675,000 to settle the claims, of which a third will go to the lawyers who represented Gregory and two other employees who put their names on the lawsuit. Gregory and the others get $5,000, while all the other Stewart’s employees who agreed to be part of the lawsuit will get at least $200.

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