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Fired Market Basket Supervisors Plan To Sue

BOSTON — Eight former Market Basket supervisors who were fired for staging rallies in support of ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas say they plan to sue the grocery chain.

In a Friday letter to the board of the Tewksbury-based supermarket, the employees’ attorney said they were wrongfully dismissed, and the company is violating the law and their individual rights.

Additionally, a number of other managerial employees say they weren’t paid their once-a-month salary on Friday.

Among them is Josh Higgins, a district manager.

“We received a certified letter via UPS from Market Basket and it states that they are withholding my pay until I report back to work on Monday,” he said.

Market Basket’s co-CEOs on Wednesday asked employees to return to work Monday. For workers who don’t return, the CEOs said the company “will begin advertising for employment opportunities.”

Higgins says he’s disappointed in the company’s new CEOs.

“They released a statement [Thursday] to the attorney general’s office saying they would respect the attorney general’s authority and they would compensate employees,” he told WBUR. “Apparently they haven’t followed through with that statement.”

In response, Mark Pomfret, a lawyer for a firm representing Market Basket, said in a statement: “Company practice is not to comment on personnel matters. However, we are unaware of any facts that support the claims made in the demand letter. The company will respond to the letter directly, and will not address the issue further in the media.”

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