Duluth trading companies have been the target of several lawsuits, and they’ve faced criticism over their practices.
A number of those lawsuits have been dismissed or dropped, including one in 2018.
But one of the cases still stands, and it’s not pretty.
The Duluth company has filed a lawsuit against former employees, alleging they were fired for being “too politically incorrect” and for participating in protests.
They also allege that employees were not properly paid for the work they were doing.
The suit alleges the company violated several laws including, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Restitution Act.
The lawsuit alleges that the employees were given their first day on the job with a $500 bonus and were paid by Duluth.
They say they were paid more than twice that amount.
In its complaint, the company claims the first day was paid in advance, the second day was unpaid, and a third day was given as “emergency pay.”
The company also claims the employee who left the company after the first week of work, did not receive the second week’s pay.
The lawsuit claims the third week’s payment was not made until June 20, 2020, after the lawsuit was filed.
In the complaint, Duluth claims the plaintiffs were treated unfairly, and that the company “did not offer them any opportunity to be heard, or even to present their arguments or complaints.”
The Dulox County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution stating Duluth has been given “an opportunity to present its case in court.”
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.