Ulta Beauty Violated a Handful of Labor Laws, Class Action Lawsuit Alleges
A former employee is suing Ulta in a new class action lawsuit for allegedly breaking multiple labor regulations by failing to pay certain employees overtime, sick pay, and premiums for missed breaks, denying them a meal and break time, as well as providing inaccurate pay statements.
Dorcas-Cothy Kabasele v. Ulta Salon, et al.
Dorcas-Cothy Kabasele, the lead plaintiff, worked for Ulta in San Ramon, California, as an hourly, non-exempt employee from June 2019 to March 2021. During this time period, Kabasele and other employees of Ulta were allegedly compensated improperly and refused mandatory food and rest breaks.
Kabasele represents herself and several distinct classes of employees, including all former and present non-exempt Ulta employees who were subjected to similar labor violations by Ulta between September 10, 2018, and the date of the final judgment.
Nominal Wages and No Breaks
According to the Ulta Non-exempt Employees Class Action Lawsuit, Ulta paid its non-exempt employees nominally than what is required in overtime and sick leave laws. The company also allegedly prohibited its workers from having meals and breaks due to work demands and understaffing.
Moreover, Ulta did not grant its employees the premium that the company owes them for working during breaks or did so but at an incorrect, lower premium rate.
Further, Ulta provided inaccurate wage statements to the plaintiff, and other employees, indicating $0.00 for their net pays during the paying period in which the company allegedly violated labor regulations with their payment systems, according to Kabasele.
Moreover, the company has also failed to compensate Kabasele and the other class members for wages earned but not paid after leaving Ulta.
It is alleged in the class action lawsuit that Ulta’s deliberately unlawful business practices have brought Kabalese and others to injury. Accordingly, they demand payment for lost wages, punitive damages, liquidated damages, and attorneys’ fees.
This is not the first instance Ulta employees have launched a class action lawsuit, alleging that the company has underpaid them. Likewise, in 2016, the company settled claims of labor law violations against California Ulta employees for $3.65 million.
Lastly, consumers who launched a class action lawsuit against Ulta in 2018 claimed that the company was reselling used makeup.
Ulta Brief Background
Ulta Beauty, Inc., formerly “Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.” and, prior to 2000, “Ulta3,” is an American beauty retailer headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Ulta Beauty includes cosmetics, nail products, fragrances, bath & body products, hair care products, and beauty tools. Each location also features a beauty salon.
Editor’s Note on Ulta Non-exempt Employees Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit filed against Ulta over labor regulations violation by paying non-exempt employees less, denying breaks, failing to pay overtime and sick leaves as well as missed breaks, and inaccurate pay statements. A similar class action was also filed against California Sam Club over violating labor laws.
Case Name & No.: Dorcas-Cothy Kabasele v. Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc., et al., Case No. 2:21-at-00854
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
Products/Services: Labor laws
Allegations: Ulta allegedly violated multiple labor laws over its non-exempt employees
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