Two former employees have filed a proposed class action that claims defendant Dollar General Corporation required them and similarly situated individuals to work off the clock, yet failed to pay them minimum or overtime wages. The lawsuit was filed in Tennessee on behalf of all individuals employed by the defendant as “key holders,” i.e. assistant store managers and lead sales associates.
The plaintiffs say Dollar General maintained a policy of “allowing, inducing, and incentivizing” store managers to “require, force, expect, encourage and/or suffer” and permit proposed class members to work off the clock before, during and after shifts. This was done as a means of avoiding paying the workers overtime wages, the lawsuit claims.
“The net effect of Dollar General’s common plan, policy and practice of not paying plaintiffs and class members for all work performed, including all overtime work performed, was a scheme to save payroll costs and payroll taxes and, stay within its budgeted labor costs for each of its stores, all for which it has unjustly enriched itself and enjoyed ill-gained profits at the expense of plaintiffs and other members of the class,” the lawsuit alleges.