Deliverymen To Receive $3 Million In Back Wages

Attorney General Spitzer said today that an estimated 400 deliverymen who worked for a New York City supermarket chain over the past six years will share in a $3 million settlement covering back wages and overtime.

The settlement resolves a state lawsuit filed by Spitzer on the workers' behalf in January, as well as a similar suit filed in federal court by the National Employment Labor Project (NELP).

"This is a great day for workers," Spitzer said. "These individuals, most of whom are recent immigrants from West Africa, will receive between $30,000 and $60,000 depending on the hours and length of time that they worked. "

"The settlement will send a strong, clear message that companies must abide by the law in employing deliverymen," the Attorney General said.

In his lawsuit, Spitzer's alleged that the Food Emporium had paid deliverymen between $1.25-$1.75 an hour. The state requires that delivery people be paid $3.20 an hour, plus whatever tips they earn.

Spitzer commended A&P, the parent company of Food Emporium, for reaching the voluntary settlement and setting a new standard for companies that use delivery people. The Attorney General noted that his investigation into other stores, including Gristedes and Duane Reade, is continuing.