According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a California subsidiary of Schneider Logistics Inc. has agreed to pay $21 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by warehouse workers who say they were illegally underpaid, denied required overtime compensation and retaliated against when they complained.
The news outlet reported that the employees said they worked under a complicated system and did not receive mandatory breaks for meals or rest. The workers also claimed that they were often required to report to work and sent home without pay when nothing was available to do.
The workers reportedly were employed at three Wal-Mart Stores Inc. warehouses in Mira Loma. Many did not speak fluent English, while some worked as many as 16 to 20 hour days, court documents said.
Schneider, a Wisconsin-based trucking and logistics firm, has operates the warehouses for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. They reportedly contracted two smaller firms, Premier Warehousing Ventures and Impact Logistics, to handle loading and unloading duties at the warehouses involved in the lawsuit.
Premier and Impact, also named in the lawsuit, previously settled for $1 million and $700,000 respectively, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
I Am Underpaid and Overworked By My Employer. Can I Sue?
We have been blogging about several stories like this recently, including class action lawsuits brought on by restaurant employees who claimed to have had wages withheld and were not paid minimum wage.
Remember, it is illegal for employers to dock your wages below federal and state minimum wage guidelines by working you off the clock. California wage and overtime laws exist to ensure that employees are given compensation for the work they perform. This means that an employer cannot request that you come into work, then not pay you.
In addition to the failing to pay minimum wages and overtime, some employers involved logistics and transportation try to save money by classifying employees in various fashions, such as independent contractors, when it is illegal. This practice is wrong and should not be tolerated.
If you have experienced what you believe could be an unfair or illegal wage and overtime claim, contact our Los Angeles employment attorneys, who can help you decide whether to move forward with your case.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys