STAPLES TO PAYS-OUT $ 790,000.00 IN CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

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STAPLES TO PAYS-OUT $ 790,000.00 IN CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

 user 2009-08-24 at 3:54:47 pm Views: 55
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    http://www.bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1192668&srvc=business&position=3
    Staples to pay out in class action suit
    Staples to pay $790,000 in suit
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 Staples Inc. has agreed to fork over $790,000 to end a class-action lawsuit filed by a former employee who claimed she was shortchanged on overtime pay.Kirsten McCandless of Milford would get about $106 per qualifying workweek under a preliminary settlement agreement with the Framingham-based office products company. The suit, filed in October 2007, claims Staples violated state and federal wage laws.The deal, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Boston and subject to a judge’s approval, would also apply to about 60 other current and former Staples employees who worked as senior product solutions specialists between Oct. 1, 2004, and June 30, 2008.The specialist job involves taking calls from Staples customers and helping them with purchases. The suit claims the workers should not have been considered exempt from overtime laws.

    McCandless would also receive an $8,000 incentive award for serving as the lead plaintiff. She left Staples in May 2008.McCandless’ attorneys at Boston’s Gordon Law Group, who declined comment, would get about $260,000 of the total.A Staples spokesman confirmed that a settlement has been worked out but declined further comment.According to court filings, the two sides said the settlement was reached “after more than sixteen months of arms-length, good faith negotiations, including two day-long mediation sessions, substantial written exchanges and thousands of pages of discovery and extensive telephone conferences.”