A Wal-Mart Stores Inc contractor has settled a wage lawsuit filed by 568 Southern California warehouse workers for $4.7 million. The lawsuit claims workers were underpaid and denied proper rest and meal breaks while working for Schneider Logistics at its warehouse in Mira Loma. Wal-Mart paid Schneider Logistics to operate its warehouse. The lawsuit was filed in March 2012 and alleged that employees were not given overtime, were shorted on regular pay and denied rest and meal breaks for five years.
The workers in the lawsuit alleged that Schneider Logistics would frequently change their time cards in order to short employees’ pay and deny them overtime wages. Guadalupe Palma, the director of Warehouse Workers United, said that with the lawsuit settled, the workers have won back “stolen wages owed to them for years of honest work.” Warehouse Workers United advocates for better conditions for warehouse employees.
A second lawsuit against Schneider is still pending and lists Wal-Mart as a defendant, according to Warehouse Workers United spokeswoman Elizabeth Brennan.
Both federal and state laws in California require employers to pay employees minimum wage and, in many cases, overtime pay, which amounts to time-and-a-half for every hour worked over 40 in an individual workweek. Even workers who are on salary pay and not hourly may qualify for overtime wages. If your employer is denying overtime pay or withholding wages, you may be entitled to damages.
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