Albertsons Settles Lawsuits

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Posted by The Director on November 30, 1999 at 21:59:46:

Found this on Oregonian and Copied it before they deleted it .Supermarket chain agrees to settle employee complaints

The Associated Press
11/30/99 6:38 PM Eastern

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Albertson's Inc. settled eight federal lawsuits alleging that it forced employees to work overtime off the clock and discouraged them from filing disability claims, officials said Tuesday.

Albertson's, the nation's second-largest food-and-drug chain, denied any wrongdoing.

It estimated total liability at $37 million, according to a one-time charge against third-quarter earnings.

The agreement calls for $17.5 million to cover the plaintiffs' legal bills, leaving $19.5 million to pay claims to what the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union estimated could be 150,000 eligible current and former employees.

The settlement calls for payments of at least $2,500 for plaintiffs who participated in depositions and at least $1,000 for those who were named as plaintiffs but did not participate in depositions. Others eligible must submit claims of at least $100.

"The UFCW is pleased that Albertson's has finally agreed to do the right thing: Clean up its act and pay employees who worked off the clock to meet arbitrary labor cost goals," said union President Douglas Dority.

Albertson's Vice President Mike Read said the number of current and former employees eligible should be substantially fewer than the union estimated.

Read said the settlement was fair. He said the company had been trying to establish the extent of the alleged problem so all eligible employees can get the pay they deserve.

Boise-based Albertson's has 220,000 employees and operates about 2,500 retail stores in 38 states.

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