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Dollar Tree Employees File Suit Against Company

NORFOLK, Va. (WVVA) --Nearly 6,300 Dollar Tree employees are waiting to hear whether a federal judge in Norfolk certifies a lawsuit over wages as a class action.

The workers claim they often worked through their unpaid half-hour lunch breaks and are now seeking overtime for those hours. The lawsuit alleges that to provide low-cost merchandise and still maximize profits, Dollar Tree maintained a policy or practice of requiring thousands of hourly employees and assistant managers to work without pay.

According to reports, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson has granted conditional certification of the class. Attorneys from both sides will present additional evidence before Jackson makes a final decision.

Tim Reid, a spokesman for Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree, said the company has a longstanding policy not to comment on pending litigation.

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