JCPenney's $5M Settlement With Workers Passes First Hurdle

By Jessica Corso (March 29, 2017, 6:00 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday granted preliminary approval to a $5 million settlement that would end a yearslong dispute between J.C. Penney Corp. and part-time employees in Illinois who say they were never paid vacation benefits when they left the company.

U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall said the settlement could move to final approval and class members could be notified of the deal in case there are any objections.

"I've read the order. Everything looks fine to me," Gottschall said during a brief hearing in her courtroom Wednesday.

The settlement would end litigation that began in 2011 in California...

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