On February 22, 2017, the Honorable Andrew Baxter of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York conditionally certified a collective action brought by Aldi Store Managers alleging the grocery chain misclassified them as exempt employees under the FLSA, in Griffin et al. v. Aldi Inc., No. 5:16-cv-00354. Judge Baxter found that Plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged that they are similarly-situated to all other Aldi Store Managers because they were all victims of Aldi’s common policy of classifying employees as exempt while requiring them to perform largely non-exempt, manual labor tasks. Faruqi & Faruqi, as co-lead counsel, represents the Plaintiffs and a class of similarly-situated current and former Store Managers employed by Aldi. Innessa Melamed heads the litigation on behalf of Faruqi & Faruqi.