Seventeen ex-employees of NYC-based retail chain Scoop are finishing off the preliminary plans of filing a lawsuit against their former employer. The group of plaintiffs, made up of mostly stock and security personnel, claim that Scoop refused to pay them their designated overtime wages. Many said they were promoted quickly to managers or assistant mangers in the stores, and then transferred from hourly wages to a fixed weekly income. As a result,though the employees worked 50-60 hours a week with little to no actual responsibility, they were paid the same amount for their time. The former workers are now demanding their $500,000 in neglected overtime wages, which by law should have amounted to time and a half. “We were not really store managers,” one of the plaintiffs said. “They just gave us
the titles so they could abuse us … I just want people to know that
Scoop is a big company, but what they see is not really the truth.” Labor-law experts said, in response to the case, that these fake promotions are a common way for retailers to get out of having to pay overtime.
The accused Scoop stores involved in the potential suit include the company’s three Manhattan
stores, as well as in its locations in East Hampton and Greenvale,
N.Y., and Atlantic City, N.J. Following the completion of the paperwork yesterday, the ex-employees staged a protest outside the SoHo Scoop location. Reps for the Scoop company claim that all the working condition and payment conditions were always in compliance with state, local, and federal laws.
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