Staples Inc., the Framingham-based office supply retailer, has reached a $42 million settlement in several class-action lawsuits involving allegations that the company failed to pay its assistant store managers overtime to which they were entitled. A court must approve the settlement, which covers more than 5,500 current and former Staples employees. The settlement resolves claims dating back as far as 2002 and includes an agreement by Staples to drop an appeal of a verdict against it last year in New Jersey.
In one case, a former employee, Ronald Stillman of New Jersey, was not compensated for working 50-hour weeks as an assistant sales manager at Staples. The man’s work “required little skill’’ and no “managerial responsibilities.’’ The Plaintiffs alleged that they didn’t have the duties and responsibilities of management and were entitled to overtime. This is generally the testimony by persons who are employed by companies and given titles that have nothing to do with management duties. It’s obvious that those employers are simply trying to avoid paying overtime to employees who are entitled to receive it under the law.
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