Price Chopper Hit with Federal Lawsuit Over Wages

Albany Business Review Michael DeMasi
July 30, 2014

A federal lawsuit filed today in Massachusetts accuses Schenectady, New York-based Price Chopper of breaking wage laws by requiring its department managers to work more than 40 hours weekly without paying them overtime.

The lawsuit was filed by a former Price Chopper department manager, Shelly J. Davine, who claims she regularly worked more than 45 hours weekly at three Price Chopper supermarkets in western Massachusetts without being paid overtime.

The lawsuit claims Price Chopper, owned by The Golub Corp., violated state and federal wage laws.

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Davine, who lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, was employed as a Price Chopper ‘team leader’ and department manager from 1983 to June 2014, according to the lawsuit.

She is asking the court to grant class-action status to other similar employees who have worked at Price Chopper since July 30, 2011, estimated to be at least 150 people.

Attorneys said Davine and the other department managers are entitled to recover unpaid wages and should be properly paid in the future.

The Golub Corp. has more than 130 Price Chopper stores in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, with annual sales of about $3.6 billion.

Davine is represented by two law firms: Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook LLP in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Outten & Golden LLP in Manhattan.