Former Saks employees sue over paycheck deductions

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    http://nypost.com/2017/03/06/former-saks-employees-sue-over-shady-paycheck-deductions/

    Former Saks employees sue over paycheck deductions
    By Julia Marsh
    March 6, 2017 | 6:34pm | Updated March 6, 2017 | 8:12pm

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    Saks Fifth Avenue passed on business losses to sales employees — penalizing them for items that were returned without receipts, clothing purchased at one location and returned at another and purchases returned by someone other than the original buyer, a new lawsuit charges.

    A group of former full-time sales clerks is suing their ex-employer for the deductions that allegedly left them with as little as $200 take home pay a week.

    The suit, seeking unspecified damages, says the deductions violate state labor laws.

    The clerks earned $15-an-hour, the Manhattan Supreme Court suit says. They were told they make a 7 percent commission after $8,000 in sales, but the deductions meant they actually had to sell $20,000 in merchandise before seeing any commissions, according to court papers.

    A spokeswoman for Saks said, “We do not comment on matters before the court.”

    A similar suit was filed in Manhattan federal court in 2014 and the two sides agreed to discontinue it in October. The plaintiffs’ lawyer did not return a message seeking comment on why he refiled it in state court.

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