Class Action Against California Sam’s Club Retail Warehouse for Labor Code Violations
A class action lawsuit was filed against California Sam’s Club Retail Warehouse. Their former cashier claimed that the company allegedly violated a number of state labor laws, such as a slew of labor violations and failure to pay “off-the-clock” work.
California Sam’s Club
The California Sam’s Club is a membership warehouse club. It is a known limited-item business model, and they offer their members quality products at an exceptional value. Sam’s Club also provides a variety of member benefits such as free shipping on most items along with Cash Rewards, early shopping, savings on medications, and many more.
Despite the large income of Sam’s Club, they allegedly still cannot provide proper compensation for their employees. Aside from that, they have violated certain labor codes of the state that pushed Marie and the employees to file lawsuits against the company.
On March 16, 2020, Marie Taylor, together with some of her colleagues, filed a lawsuit against their California Sam’s Club Retail Warehouse because they allegedly failed to pay their employees for the work done.
This includes the employees’ “off-the-clock” work due to the security bag searches after their shifts. She filed the case in the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles.
Marie T. was employed in Sam’s Club in El Monte, California, as one of their cashiers. The employment lasted from July 2, 2018, until her termination on November 7, 2019.
According to Marie, employees were required to undergo bag inspections after they clocked out, and the whole process takes about 30 seconds, depending on the line.
The bag inspections and searches also include meal breaks for the employees. It does not look important from one’s perspective, but it matters to the employees when it adds up every day, especially when it takes about a month of the same process.
Additionally, she claimed that the company still failed to provide them adequate compensation even after their termination.
The Failure of California Sam’s Club
In California, employers are required to pay their employees for their “off-the-clock” work. According to Justice Goodwin Liu, California labor law “contemplates that employees will be paid for all work performed.” Therefore, this is where Sam’s Club failed to provide for its employees.
In addition, the complainants accused the California Sam’s Club Retail Warehouse of failure to pay all of their supposed compensation during their termination. Also, Marie, together with the other complainants, accused the company of failing to provide them adequate seating, as required under Wage Order 7 in the California labor code.
Of all the California Sam’s Club’s failures mentioned above, the unsettled payments of the security bag checks ended up with major settlements between the defendants and the company.
Editor’s Note on California Sam’s Club Labor Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is published to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit filed against California Sam’s Club Retail Warehouse.
Case Name & No.: Marie Taylor v. Sam’s West, Inc., Case No. 20STCV10352 in the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles
Products/Services: Labor Practices
Allegations: Violations of Labor codes due to failure to compensate their workers
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