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Faruqi & Faruqi obtains Collective Certification on behalf of Aldi Store Managers

February 24, 2017

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.

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