A Pennsylvania federal court has approved a $7.1 million settlement in a class action brought by current and former hourly Foot Locker employees. According to Law 360 (subscription required), the agreement extends to all current and former workers who worked at a Foot Locker store for at least one hour from March 2007 through March 2010.

The class action lawsuit was filed in 2007 alleging that the national retailer failed to pay the plaintiffs for all the time they worked. They claimed that they were not compensated for time spent on maintenance and other tasks performed before and after store hours.

In support of their claims, they cited Foot Locker’s compensation policy of paying higher salaries to store managers who remained within the corporate labor budget, while punishing managers who exceeded the budget. They argued that the policy encouraged store managers to make hourly employees work off the clock and shave their hours in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

State and federal laws mandate that non-exempt employees be paid wage and overtime compensation for actual hours worked. The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’ Employment Litigation Group have handled hundreds of wage and hour disputes, and are ready to speak with you about any suspicions you may have about unfair and unlawful withholdings – please contact us today.