Have you experienced a wage dispute with your employer? It is becoming common for people experiencing pay issues to take legal action against their employers through class action lawsuits.
Recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked.
According to Reuters, the employees claimed Wal-Mart “failed to pay them for all hours worked and prevented them from taking full meal and rest breaks.” The decision will reportedly open damages up to about 187,000 employees who worked in Pennsylvania between 1998 and 2006.
This is the second major employment verdict made nationally against Wal-Mart recently, as an administrative law judge found that Wal-Mart had threatened employees trying to organize workers at two California stores earlier this month.
Remember, in California, employees are entitled to a 30-minute meal break when they work at least five hours, two unpaid 30 minute meal breaks when they work at least 10 hours, and a 10 minute on-the-clock rest period for every four hours worked.
Should I Sue My Employer for Back Wages?
If your employer has denied you meal breaks or you have been forced to work off the clock, contact our employment lawyers today. You could be entitled to damages for past due wages.
We offer free consultations and can evaluate the strengths of any potential case. Class action lawsuits are a great way to hold a business liable for damages if large groups of employees have experienced suffering or have had issues with pay.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys
Did You Know? Aside from speaking to an attorney, if your employer forces you to work through a meal break, you can file a claim with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.