Publix Strikes $30M Settlement With Employees In OT Row

By Tony Burchyns (February 4, 2015, 4:52 PM EST) -- Publix Super Markets Inc. will pay $30 million to settle a collective action alleging the grocery chain failed to pay the required amount of overtime to department managers based on a "fluctuating workweek" calculation method, according to a settlement agreement filed Tuesday in Tennessee federal court.

Under the proposed deal, Publix — which operates about 1,000 supermarkets in six states — will pay $7.7 million to all opt-in plaintiffs, as well as $15.5 million to all other department managers and assistant managers who were paid overtime based on a "fluctuating workweek" during roughly the past three years. One-third of the settlement...

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