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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Kroger Co. is the target of a federal lawsuit filed by three of its female employees, alleging that the company violated their rights under the Family Medical Leave Act by not maintaining their full health benefits while on leave and not restoring them to positions with equivalent benefits when they returned.

The plaintiffs in the case reportedly are looking to achieve class-action status.

The company did not comment on the suit other than to say that it was "without merit."
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