NJ 7-Eleven Operators Call Co. A 'Fraudulent Franchisor'

Law360, New York (August 5, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT) -- 7-Eleven was hit with a putative class action suit in New Jersey federal court last week by a group of owner-operators who say the company is a “fraudulent franchisor” whose oppressive policies turn franchisees into employees without providing them overtime pay, health care or pension benefits. 

According to a complaint filed July 30, 7-Eleven, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seven-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd., is being sued by five New Jersey 7-Eleven owner-operators who say the company has intentionally misclassified them as franchisees so as to avoid paying...
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