Foster Farms and California Staffing Agency Sued for Wage and Hour Violations
December 1, 2010
In recent wage and hour lawsuit news, that our Carson, California employment attorneys have been watching, Foster Farms and Central California Staffing Services are being sued by nine former employees for alleged minimum wage violations and failure to provide employees with mandatory breaks.
According to the complaint, a group of nine employees, who worked for either Foster Farms or Central California Staffing Services, claim that they regularly worked over 10 hours or more a day, for five to seven days a week. The employees, whose jobs ranged from feeding poultry to driving tractors, allege that they were not compensated for time spent preparing before their work shift and cleaning up at the end of the work day.
The Modesto Bee reports that the workers are accusing both companies of failure to properly track their employment hours, and failure to properly pay them for the additional time worked. The complaint alleges that inadequate records made it difficult for the plaintiffs to calculate their overtime payment. The plaintiffs also claim in the suit that they were forced to work through rest and meal breaks that they are legally entitled to under California law.
As our Fullerton employment attorneys discussed in a recent blog, according to the California Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), in the California, a nonexempt employee is unable to work beyond an eight hour workday, or beyond a 40-hour workweek, unless they receive overtime payment, which under to California law is one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for any hours worked beyond eight hours in a day and over 40 hours in a week.
This lawsuit is reportedly listed as unlimited on how much is sought in damages, and according to the Modesto Bee, this could mean that more than $25,000 is demanded.
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, California. Contact our Anaheim-based labor & employment lawyers today, to schedule a free consultation about your rights.
Foster Farms, Staffing Agency Face Lawsuit, The Modesto Bee, November 27, 2010
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