Family Dollar stocks rose 36% in 2009 according to a report from NPR (www.npr.org). The retail chain has seen an increase in shoppers as consumers seek to stretch their household dollars by shopping at discount stores. Unfortunately, most shoppers are not aware of the treatment of the stores employees. Family Dollar Stores Inc., has been forced to pay millions of dollars in unpaid overtime to store managers in Alabama, and store managers in other states have also fought to recuperate lost wages.
Family Dollar store managers generally work 70+ hour work weeks, and are not eligible for overtime pay due to their managerial position. Most Family Dollar store managers only spend 10-20% of their time performing managerial duties, with the remaining time spent stocking, sweeping, running the register, and other non-managerial duties. This is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Retail Workers Rights Committee is committed to fighting back!
1.) We want Family Dollar to change its practice of exploiting its workforce. Employees are classified as managers in order for the company to avoid paying overtime.
2.) We want the company to stop threatening and intimidating its workforce. Jobs are hard to find, and the company takes advantage of this by threatening to fire employees.
3.) We ask that Family Dollar provide a safe working environment for its employees. Employees have been assaulted and mugged while on the job, and the company should provide security or some other means of protection for its employees.
Justice for Family Dollar employees!
People over Profit!
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NPR Family Dollar link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100774494)
Alabama Lawsuit against Family Dollar