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Stewarts faces lawsuit

WATERTOWN -- Stewart's Shops is facing a class action lawsuit claiming the company failed to compensate employees for the hours they worked.

The suit covers 4,500 employees in New York and Vermont. it was brought by a female worker in Watertown. It claims, among other things, that employees were expected to do work before and after their shifts without being paid for their time and that the were not give required meal breaks.

Stewart's issued the following comment regarding the suit:

"Stewarts Shops has no comment on the specifics of the lawsuit at this time, as we have not yet been served.

"We have a longstanding reputation for being fair to our employees and do care about paying them fairly for the hard work they do. Our employees are called partners because they own 1/3 of the company."
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