Audet and Partners, LLP Files Class Action Against Dollar General Alleging Employee Meal Break Violations
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 03, 2013
Audet and Partners, LLP has filed a class action against Dollar General Corp. (“Dollar General”) in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Case No. 3:13-cv-00652*, alleging violations of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as specific employment statutes within the State of Tennessee*.
The lead plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that while working between 32-40 hours per week, they were given meal breaks but as supervisory “keyholders” they were not allowed to leave work premises during these meal periods*. The class of employees represented in this action includes all hourly “non-exempt” Dollar General employees whose pay is/was subject to an automatic meal break deduction but who, nevertheless, are/were forced to perform compensable work during meal periods in violation of federal and state laws*.
Headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Dollar General Corporation is one of America's largest retail companies with more than 10,000 stores throughout the United States**.
Attorney William Audet whose law firm Audet and Partners, LLP is representing the plaintiffs in this lawsuit against Dollar General, stresses that the allegations set forth in this class action complaint are squarely at odds with applicable federal and state employment laws and regulations. “The law is amply clear that non-exempt employees entitled to a statutory meal break during their shift must be allowed to leave their place of employment during this break. Requiring employees to remain on premises during a statutory meal period wholly fails to comply with these statutory mandates. If Dollar has restricted the ability of employees to use meal periods as their own time as alleged, the company may be held to answer for back pay and penalties dating back up to six years.”
If you are or have been a non-exempt Dollar General employee who was forced to remain on store premises or perform work during meal breaks, you are urged to contact Audet and Partners, LLP at (800) 965-1461, or for more information, you can visit our website at http://www.audetlaw.com.