Family Dollar Stores Inc., has been found guilty of violating the Fair Standards Labor Act by a Federal Court in Alabama in 2006. The corporation was forced to pay $35 million dollars to approximately 1400 managers for unpaid overtime. It seems as though the corporation continues its unfair labor practice of classifying employees as managers in order to avoid paying overtime.

here are some links with useful background info:

fact sheet


Federal Appeals Court renders important decision against Family Dollar

Vivian Brown v. Family Dollar Stores of Indiana, L.P


Howard R. Levine
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Headquarters: CHARLOTTE, NC
General Merchandise Stores
In 2009, Howard R. Levine received $5,948,612 in total compensation. By comparison, the average worker made $32,048 in 2009. Howard R. Levine made 185 times the average worker’s pay.


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Family Dollar profits, but its workers lose.

Family Dollar stocks rose 36% in 2009 according to a report from NPR ( 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!

Our Demands

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:

Alabama Lawsuit against Family Dollar

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is a U.S. Federal Law that establishes a minumum wage, defines overtime pay in certain jobs, and protects against abusive child labor practices.

U.S. Gov link

“Covered nonexempt employees must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per workweek (any fixed and regularly recurring period of 168 hours — seven consecutive 24-hour periods) at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay. There is no limit on the number of hours employees 16 years or older may work in any workweek.” from U.S. Department of Labor (

Join the Retail Workers Rights Committe this Friday at 10am on 406 S. Stanton St as we denounce Family Dollar Stores treatment of its employees.

Where: Family Dollar Store 406 S. Stanton St.
Time: 10 am