Class action lawsuit: Dollar Tree cheated employees out of pay - created unsafe work, shopping environment

Written By Timothy Fitz on Friday, February 25, 2011 | 2/25/2011 07:26:00 PM

The national multi-billion-dollar discount chain, Dollar Tree, has been accused of cheating employees out of their hard-earned wages and creating an unsafe shopping and work environment.

In September 2010, a national class action lawsuit was filed against the discount retailer. Among the charges listed in the complaint, are multiple alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Employees have accused Dollar Tree management of instructing them to work through their lunch breaks and forcing them to work off the clock.

WGN news cameras documented the conditions inside a North Side Chicago Dollar Tree store. The news footage captured merchandise strewn about the store's aisles - shelves propped up with cans and plastic containers - and food and other debris littering the floor, underneath the shelves.

The questionable conditions inside the North Side Dollar Tree store have never been reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), said the WGN news report.



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