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In August, the U.S. Dept. of Labor in August sent Riner a letter, saying Riner’s volunteers are subject to receive pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


The D.C. based “Cause of Action” organization filed a lawsuit against the Department Of Labor in January.


“We believe that our consignment volunteers should not be considered employees and so that’s the bottom line issue,” Riner said.


“I’m 100 percent happy with the way it is. I don’t need to be paid,” Cole said. “I feel like the opportunity to go and shop at the consignment sale is plenty of payment.”


Now all Riner can do is wait to hear back from the U.S. Department of Labor.