Class action lawsuit filed over Market Basket night shift policy


TEWKSBURY, Mass. ( -- A class action lawsuit has been filed against Market Basket amid allegations that the supermarket chain has violated Massachusetts wage laws.

A complaint, dated July 23, alleges Demoulas Super Markets, Inc. has specifically violated wage laws by requiring its night shift workers take an unpaid, mandatory one hour break and by locking them in the store so they are unable to go outside or use their break time as they wish.

The plaintiffs are identified individually in the complaint as Daniel Sheridan and Hatsanai Manivong, and on behalf of “a class of similarly situated individuals.” They are seeking class certification, treble damages, attorneys’ fees, cost and interest, and injunctive relief.

Both plaintiffs identified individually are residents of Leominster. Sheridan has worked at Market Basket since 1995, at stores in Leominster and Bellingham. Manivong worked the night shift at Market Basket from 2010 until the late summer of 2012.

A representative for the company told FOX 25 they have not yet seen the lawsuit.

The lawsuit comes amid a feud between employees and the company’s leaders over former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.