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$3.8M Preliminary Settlement Reached in PetSmart Employment Lawsuit


This is a settlement for the Employment lawsuit.

Dover DW: A preliminary $3.8 million settlement has been agreed in an employment class action pending against PetSmart Inc. The lawsuit was brought by operations managers for the chain of pet supply stores who allege they were misclassified so as to make them exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime requirements.

Under the terms of the settlement, monies would be distributed among some 331 operations managers across the country who opted into the class action. The amount of money each class member would receive will be dependent upon the number of weeks worked.

The lawsuit was filed in September 2012 by former PetSmart employee Nicholas McKee and three other current or former operations managers. In their complaint, they allege PetSmart willfully misclassified them and other operations managers as exempt and failed to pay them overtime pay for all hours worked beyond 40 hours in a workweek. The plaintiffs were seeking compensation for unpaid overtime and liquidated damages. In 2014, notices were mailed to potential class members, 331 consented to join the action.

This settlement follows an earlier settlement stemming from an employment class action filed against PetSmart Inc by animal groomers and other workers, who alleged the company underpaid them. That suit involved 16,000 former and current employees and was settled for $10 million.

The case is McKee v. PetSmart Inc., case number 1:12-cv-01117, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

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Published on Apr-30-15


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I am a prior operations manager and received no notices. Please help

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Worked at Petsmart for 10 1/2 yrs. I left at the end of 2014. I never received info on this I was an operations manager. Can I still join the lawsuit?

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