Class Action’s Update: Rite Aid Employees Want The Company To Pay Up For Uniform Expenses
Rite Aid employees are asking the court to rule in their favor and find the pharmacy company to have violated California law by requiring their workers to buy office uniforms for their jobs without reimbursing them.
Rite Aid Did Not Reimburse Uniform Expenses – Complainants
Originally filed in a California federal court in 2019, the Rite Aid Uniform Class Action Lawsuit alleged that Rite Aid imposed a company policy that ordered Rite Aid workers to wear a work uniform in specific styles to reflect the company’s Team Colors requirement.
However, according to the lead complainants in the lawsuit, Kelly Shaw, Kristal Nucci, and Ana Goswick, Rite Aid did not offer any reimbursement for the expenses their employees incurred to follow the company’s rules on uniform.
Nevertheless, Rite Aid has contended in their counter filing that their workers were not forced to buy additional uniforms and bear the added expense out of pocket. They argued that the workers are given an option to opt-out of the uniform rules and use a company-issued vest accessory instead.
But the class action answered back to Rite Aid’s claims by saying that the vests are not always available in all of the company’s pharmacies and locations. The number of vests was also inadequate to accommodate the number of employees that would need to use them. Hence, workers have no other resort but to buy a uniform to be allowed to work.
Along with the almost 26,000 other Rite Aid employees, the trio is included in the Class Action as Class Members. They have asked the court to release a ruling that would force Rite Aid to pay up all of their employees that bought additional uniform to follow the company’s uniform policy.
They are presenting their argument in court that Rite Aid has violated the specific provision of the Labor Code of California. The class action retorted that Rite Aid didn’t follow the order stated by Section 2802 of the law, which requires an employer to reimburse their employees for all the expenses they have incurred as a result of the functioning of their official job duty.
Editor’s Note on Rite Aid Uniform Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article report shares the recent news about the class action lawsuit involving Rite Aid and their employees who are not satisfied with the company’s compulsive uniform code.
Case Name(s) & No.: Kristal Nucci, Ana Goswick, and Kelly Shaw v. Rite Aid Corporation, et al.; Case No.: 19-CV-01434-LHK
Jurisdiction: United States District Court for the Northern District of California San Jose Division
Products/Services Involved: Workers’ Rights & Labor Laws
Allegation(s): Rite Aid violated California law by not refunding their employees’ expenses after they were required to put on a uniform for work.
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