From Tennessee comes a proposed collective action filed by two plaintiffs who allege clothing retailer Stage Stores Inc.—which operates under the Peebles, Goody’s, Bealls, and Palais Royal brands—owes hourly employees unpaid minimum and overtime wages.
The plaintiffs claim “daunting productivity requirements” often force the defendant’s employees to work in excess of 40 hours per week even though store locations are permitted only a budgeted number of hours for which employees can be scheduled per week. According to the lawsuit, the defendant, at the end of each week, would delete time from hourly employees’ time records to meet such requirements.
“On information and belief,” the complaint reads, “[the defendant] was aware of its ‘time-shaving’ practices because the District Managers regularly communicated with Store Managers about the need to ‘meet payroll’ and not go over their budgeted hours.”
The job titles of the current and former employees the lawsuit seeks to represent include: