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California Retailer Settles Wage and Hour Lawsuit After Employees Fight for Overtime Pay

September 1, 2010

Our Anaheim employment lawyers have been watching the recent news that California-based youth-oriented retailer Zumiez, claimed that it has reached a tentative settlement in a lawsuit alleging violations of California wage and hour laws by former and current employees.

According to the lawsuit, filed last year in Los Angeles, California Superior Court, Zumiez was accused of failing to compensate former and current California store managers with overtime wages, and didn't provide managers with their legally mandated meal periods and rest breaks. Zumiez was also accused of failing to reimburse retail employees for clothes that the store required the employees to wear for the company's dress code.

Zumiez, the seller of apparel designed for skateboarding and snowboarding cultures, reportedly claimed that although the allegations in this case lack merit, they are settling to avoid the time and cost associated with litigation. Zumiez expects the settlement to be approved in court, and estimates that it will cost the company over $2 million to settle the California wage and hour lawsuit.

As our Carson employment attorneys have reported in a previous blog, according to California wage and hour laws, defined by the California Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), in the state of California, a nonexempt employee cannot work for more than eight hours in a single workday, or more than 40 hours in any week of work, unless they receive overtime of one and one-half times their regular pay rate for all hours worked beyond eight hours in a work day and over 40 hours in a week of work.

Our attorneys at Howard Law, PC are committed to representing individuals who have experienced wage and hour violations and other violations of California Labor Codes in Orange County and throughout Southern California. Contact our Anaheim-based Labor & Employment Attorneys today, for a free consultation about your rights.

California Lawsuit Settlement to Cost Zumiez $2.1 Million, The Seattle Times, September 1, 2010

Related Web Resources:

California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE): Overtime