Here’s Another Reason to Hate 7-Eleven

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A new civil lawsuit accuses 7-Eleven of classifying store operator employees as franchisees — a move that enables the company to avoid paying minimum and overtime wages and benefits. More than 150 U.S. franchisees have rallied together to file a lawsuit in New Jersey, and they're trying to get class-action status. This hasn't been a good summer for 7-Eleven: In June, police arrested five 7-Eleven franchise owners for human trafficking. But Toshifumi Suzuki, the owner of 7-Eleven's parent company, thinks everything's peachy: "Our U.S. business has entered the growth stage," he told Bloomberg. He hopes to increase the number of international stores from 8,500 to 30,000. Watch out, East Village. [NYP, Earlier, Bloomberg]