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CONSUMER GROUP BLASTS FOOD LION'S REFUSAL TO STOP THE CLOCK ON WAGE-HOUR COMPLAINTS

 CONSUMER GROUP BLASTS FOOD LION'S REFUSAL TO STOP THE CLOCK
 ON WAGE-HOUR COMPLAINTS
 WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- "Food Lion made a bad April Fool's joke when it said it was cooperating with a Department of Labor investigation into illegal off-the clock work at the grocery chain and then refused to 'stop the clock' on the statute of limitations," Consumers United with Employees (CUE) said today.
 CUE said it learned Food Lion rebuffed a request by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), chair of a House Government Operations subcommittee investigating DOL enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to voluntarily waive the statute of limitations on FLSA violations.
 "Every day Food Lion impedes the DOL's investigation means one day's backpay is lost for former employees who filed complaints with the government," CUE continued. Lantos requested the waiver of a top official of the grocery store chain during hearings last week that spotlighted the DOL's nationwide investigation into complaints Food Lion forces workers to work long hours without pay.
 CUE urged the DOL to immediately file a class action suit against Food Lion "to protect the backpay claims of current and former employees." CUE noted Food Lion previously waived the statue of limitations on back pay awards for violations during a 1984-86 DOL investigation into similar complaints. As part of the settlement agreement, Food Lion paid $300,000 for over 171 employee claimants.
 The current DOL investigation was initiated late last year after several hundred employees filed a massive complaint, complete with affidavits and claim forms from current and former Food Lion workers.
 CUE was formed recently by the American Civil Liberties Union, Consumer Federation of America, the Food and Allied Services Trades Department of the AFL-CIO and the National Consumers League.
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 /CONTACT: Keith Mestrich of the Food and Allied Service Trades, 202-737-7200/ CO: Food and Allied Service Trades; Consumers United with Employees;
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