7-ELEVEN HIT WITH OVERTIME AND RETALIATION SUIT IN NEW JERSEY
Three former employees of a 7-Eleven convenience store located in Princeton, New Jersey filed a proposed class action alleging that the franchise failed to pay them minimum wage and overtime pay when they worked beyond 40 hours per week and also fired them when they complained to management. The plaintiffs seek to represent 90 potential class members of 7-11 stores, either independently owned and operated, or directly owned and controlled by the Texas-based corporation, within the same market. Plaintiffs contend that they performed tasks such as stocking shelves, cleaning the bathroom and parking lot, serving customers and operating food preparation machines and were paid $6.00-$6.50 per hour in cash, with no overtime pay. Two workers claim that they were retaliated against for complaining to management about their compensation and the third worker was fired after an attorney representing the two other plaintiffs notified the store of the workers’ claims. Plaintiffs also claim that defendants failed to provide them with statements regarding their gross and net wages and an itemization of the deductions made from gross wages. The case is Lopez et al. v. 7-Eleven Inc. et al., case number MER-L-418-16, and was filed in New Jersey state court, County of Mercer.