Via Business Insider
Gerald Marks has spent the last year suing 7-Eleven. The New Jersey lawyer is representing plaintiffs in a dozen lawsuits against the Dallas-based chain, including allegations that 7-Eleven violated labor laws, an anti-stalking statute, and discriminated against immigrant business owners. Marks’ latest action, filed last week in federal district court in New Jersey, seeks back pay for a group of 7-Eleven corporate employees and paints the chain as a bully that uses its heft to push franchisees out of their stores. 7-Eleven disputes the allegations.
In his most extreme accusations, Marks says that 7-Eleven targets South Asian immigrant store owners in profitable markets, looking for contractual breaches to give the 53,000-store chain leverage over its franchisees. If a franchisor can convince a store owner to walk away from his franchise license, the company can re-sell the store to another buyer. In legal filings, Marks has alleged that 7-Eleven has made more than $10 million off the strategy.
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