Stewart's accused of violating wage laws

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - Stewart's Shops is facing a class-action lawsuit that alleges violations of state and federal wage and hour laws, according to a Jan. 13 article in "Convenience Store News" online.

The lawsuit, filed Jan. 9 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in Albany, claims Stewart's Shops failed to compensate employees for all hours worked. Specifically, it asserts that employees were routinely required to perform work before and after their scheduled shifts but were not paid for such time, according to a news release.

The lawsuit also claims the Saratoga Springs-based retailer 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.

Ryan M. Finn, Esq., of Albany-based litigation firm Hacker Murphy is prosecuting the case.

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


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