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California Workers Sue Forever 21 in Class Action Wage and Hour Lawsuit

January 20, 2012

In a recent Costa Mesa, California employment lawyers blog, Vincent Howard discussed a California class action wage and hour lawsuit in which 6,700 Polo Ralph Lauren employees were awarded $4 million, after the employees accused the high-end retailer of forcing employees to endure off the clock bag checks without compensating them for their time, and denying them rest and meal breaks--violations of California labor law.

In related Los Angeles, California wage and hour news, popular Los Angeles-based retail store Forever 21 is being sued in a similar class action wage and hour lawsuit, by employees who allege that the company forced them to work off the clock hours, and skip rest and meal breaks.

The class action lawsuit, filed by five former and current employees, accuses the clothing maker of forcing them to frequently work through meal breaks, and work off the clock hours--violations of California labor law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The workers claim in the wage and hour lawsuit that they were often made to work during lunch breaks, and were kept after the end of their work shifts after they had already clocked out, in order to search their bags for stolen retail items--amounting to off the clock work that they were not paid for.

According to the Huffington Post, bag checks for workers are a part of the loss prevention policy for Forever 21 retail stores across California. The employees' attorney, who also reportedly helped bring the class action case against Polo Ralph Lauren, stated that this case is expected to be even larger--as the practice of off the clock bag checks appears to be widespread.

The lawsuit also claims that Forever 21 often employs sales associates who are inexperienced, young, and often under the age of 18--which creates a class of employees who are vulnerable, inexperienced and who do not clearly understand their state and federal employment rights.

The California class action wage and hour lawsuit is seeking compensation for the unpaid hours--and the damages could amount to millions of dollars in back wages if many other Forever 21 workers claim to have suffered from the same alleged illegal workplace practices.

As Anaheim labor and employment attorneys, our wage and hour legal team is committed to representing individuals and members of class action issues where employers have violated California Labor Codes in Orange County, California. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your wage and hour rights.

Forever 21 Class Action Lawsuit Filed By Employees, The Huffington Post, January 18, 2012

Forever 21 employees file class-action lawsuit, The Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2012

Related Web Resources:

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

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

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