Source: Boston Globe
“A judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit filed on behalf of former Upper Crust pizza chain workers who claim they were cheated out of wages.
The case, filed in July 2010, accuses company founder Jordan Tobins and other executives of rescinding overtime checks that were ordered by the Department of Labor. Upper Crust was supposed to pay nearly $350,000 to more than 100 workers, but employees — mostly low-paid Brazilian immigrants — have alleged that the Boston chain forced them to pay back the money to keep their jobs.
Last month, David Marcus, Upper Crust’s former chief financial officer, said in sworn testimony that company executives, after being ordered to provide overtime compensation, devised a scheme to wrest the money back, including cashing forged checks and slashing workers’ wages. His statements contradict testimony that Marcus gave when he still worked for the pizza chain last summer…
The federal Labor Department launched a second investigation — which is ongoing — into Upper Crust after the employee lawsuit was filed in 2010.
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