Whitfield Bryson & Mason served as Co-Counsel in a dozen wage and hour lawsuits against Staples, Inc. alleging the misclassification of its assistant store managers and seeking overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. Plaintiffs contended that overtime pay was required by the Fair Labor Standards Act and the laws of certain states. The case recently settled in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Under the terms of the global settlement, which is subject to court approval, the Company has agreed to pay $42 million to resolve the allegations and end the litigation that has been ongoing for the past three years. The Company has also agreed to drop its appeal of a $4.9 million judgment against it last year in New Jersey after a month and a half long jury trial (Stillman v. Staples, Inc., 07-cv-849, D.N.J.) on behalf of Sales Managers who had joined that case. That case, a case pending in Massachusetts state court and ten cases that are centralized in the United Stated District Court for the District of New Jersey as part of a multidistrict litigation proceeding are included in the settlement. The settlement amount resolves claims for damages dating back as far as 2002 for some of the settlement class members and covers more than 5,000 current and former associates from all states in which Staples does business outside of California.
If you were an opt-in plaintiff in the Stillman case and did not complete any workweeks in any Assistant Manager position (including Sales Manager, Operations Manager, Assistant General Manager, Assistant Manager or Copy and Print Center Manager) other than weeks that were included in the Stillman judgment, click here for the Stillman Notice.
If you were an opt-in plaintiff in the Stillman case and also completed workweeks in an Assistant Manager position during one of the applicable class periods that were not included in the Stillman judgment, click here for the Stillman-Plus Notice.
If you were not an opt-in plaintiff in the Stillman case, click here for the Non-Stillman Notice.