Managers Say Retailer Was Crafty Not Paying OT

Jan 08, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

The Toronto Star reports that a group of Canadian store managers is
seeking class-action status to sue Michaels Stores for failing to pay overtime.

The suit alleges that Michaels, the largest arts and craft chain in the US, violated Canada’s Employment Standards Act by not paying time and a half for employees working in excess of 44 hours in a week.

David Thompson, lawyer for the store managers, told said Michaels settled a similar dispute with employees in California earlier in the year.

Moderator’s Comment: In light of the spate of lawsuits
concerning overtime wages, do retailers need to change the manner in which they
compensate store employees?
Anderson – Moderator

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