A judge in Connecticut today denied a motion by Family Dollar Stores to dismiss an overtime lawsuit against it brought by store managers. The store managers claim that they are not primarily managers – a requirement to deny them overtime. Instead, they claim that they are primarily engaged in non-exempt work such as unloading trucks, stocking shelves and ringing the cash register.
Family Dollar filed a motion arguing that their status as managers made the managers despite how they spent their time. The judge rejected this argument and ruled that a jury gets to decide the facts.
This ruling could have repercussions around the country since there are many more store manager lawsuits like this one in other states including Pennsylvania, Colorado, Missouri and Massachusetts. Recently, Family Dollar settled a similar lawsuit in New York for $15,000,000.
The Connecticut store managers are represented by the Hayber Law FIrm in Hartford, Connecticut.