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Staples' Wage Suit Gets Class-Action Status

November 17, 2005|From Dow Jones/Associated Press

The court presiding over a lawsuit against Staples Inc. for alleged violations of a California wage law has granted the suit class-action status.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the office supply retailer said it would appeal the court's decision because it believed the class was "improperly certified."

According to the suit, Staples "improperly classified both general and assistant store managers as exempt under the California wage and hour law, making such managers ineligible for overtime wages."

The plaintiffs seek back pay for overtime wages from Oct. 21, 1995, to the present.

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