Proposed Class Action Complaint Filed Against Stewart's Shops Moves Forward

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According to lawyers from E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, the ruling brings employees one step closer to receiving compensation.

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This is a great decision for our clients

Current and former employees have filed a proposed class action seeking in excess of $20 million dollars in alleged unpaid wages, punitive damages and statutory penalties against Stewart’s Shops Corp. Stewart’s Shop has denied liability in the case and promptly filed a motion to dismiss all claims against it.

On March 2, 2015 Federal District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy issued a Decision on the motion. Judge McAvoy closely examined the Complaint and decided that the majority of the claims will proceed to the next phase of the litigation. These claims include: overtime pay; minimum wage pay; time worked off the clock (before and after shift); call-in pay; uniform maintenance pay; and, violation of the Wage Theft Prevention Act for failing to provide appropriate wage disclosures.

The proposed class action case is venued in the Northern District of New York Federal District Court (Docket Number 7:14-cv-33). The case seeks class action status for approximately 4500 current and former employees of Stewart’s Shops who allege they were deprived of pay for hours worked. To date 30 individuals have joined the suit but that number is expected to grow if the Court grants permission to send out a Class Notice to all potentially affected current and former employees.

Ryan M. Finn, Esq. of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP (http://www.joneshacker.com) represents the proposed class and has stated that he is very pleased with the Court’s decision. “This is a great decision for our clients. We will continue to fight for justice for our clients."

For more information about the case please email Ryan Finn at rfinn(at)joneshacker(dot)com

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