Mass. Top Court May Help 1st Circ. Decide 7-Eleven Wage Suit

By Chris Villani (July 28, 2021, 3:55 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit on Wednesday suggested it might turn to Massachusetts' top court to help sort out whether 7-Eleven franchisees should be classified as employers under the state's Wage Act.

A group of five 7-Eleven franchisees, who had brought a proposed class action asking for employee classification for benefits purposes, turned to the federal appellate court after a U.S. district judge found last September that defining all franchisees as employees "would eviscerate the franchise business model."

Speaking for the franchisees at oral arguments Wednesday, Shannon Liss-Riordan of Lichten & Liss-Riordan PC, said the panel could ask the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court...

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