March 16, 2023

A New York federal judge kept alive a lawsuit brought by former participants in the Salvation Army's work therapy program accusing the Christian nonprofit organization of failing to pay them minimum wage, and asked the Salvation Army to respond to the workers' renewed complaint.

U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman in a two-page order Wednesday denied the Salvation Army's motion to dismiss the Fair Labor Standards Act suit for failure to state a claim and directed it to file an answer to workers' second amended complaint within the next 14 days.

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The workers are represented by Christine Webber, Dennis M. Hancock, Joseph M. Sellers, Rebecca Ojserkis and Kalpana Kotagal of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Gay Grunfeld, Michael Freedman and Priyah Kaul of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP and Jessica Lee Riggin of Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP.

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