Warner Bros. Allegedly Failed to Pay Timely Wages to Workers
A proposed collective class action lawsuit is alleging that WB Studio Enterprises, Inc. and Warner Bros. Television failed to pay employees timely wages and in full, as federal and California law required, and to provide meal breaks.
Workers Not Properly Paid and Not Given Proper Breaks
The Warner Bros Timely Wages Class Action Lawsuit was brought by a former employee who alleges he was paid weeks late despite working for the defendants on two separate projects for two days. According to the complaint, Warner Bros. Television owed the plaintiff timely payment of promised wages but failed to do so. Additionally, the plaintiff and others say they were not treated with uninterrupted meal and rest breaks or compensated for missed breaks.
According to the lawsuit, employees in the motion picture industry regularly work for their employer for brief periods, sometimes as little as one day, and are discharged after their task is over.
Regardless of how long an employer employs a person, the case states that the employer is compelled by law to maintain track of the worker’s hours.
Additionally, wages earned between the first and fifteenth days of each month must be paid between the sixteenth and twenty-sixth days of the following month, while wages earned between the sixteenth and last days of the month must be paid between the first and tenth days of the following month, the Warner Bros Timely Wages Class Action Lawsuit states.
Despite these requirements, according to the case, Warner Bros. Television failed to pay workers all wages owed upon termination on time.
Although the plaintiff worked on “The Kominsky Method” project on November 11, 2020, and did not have a return-to-work date after his assignment was completed, the plaintiff claims that his wage statement was not made until or after December 10. Additionally, the case contends that the plaintiff worked for the defendants on their “Lucifer” project on December 11, 2020, and had no return-to-work date. His wage statement was not made until or after January 27, 2021.
The Warner Bros Timely Wages Class Action Lawsuit asserts that the defendants’ apparent failure to pay workers on time and provide them with proper wage statements was caused by their refusal to properly fund the payroll accounting function and their intention to pay workers from project funds rather than working capital.
Greg Wilson v. WB Studio Enterprises, Inc. et al.
The Warner Bros Timely Wages Class Action Lawsuit continues by alleging that Warner Bros. Television failed to offer uninterrupted meal and rest breaks to crew members because they were expected to monitor their walkie-talkies throughout the day and were not authorized to leave the set during breaks.
Additionally, the complaint says that the defendants failed to provide a meal break during the first six hours of a worker’s shift or a second meal break if an employee worked over 12 hours. According to the case, workers are entitled to premium wages for each late or “faux meal break” during which they were not free of their obligations.
Warner Brothers is alleged to have violated numerous statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, various California labor codes, and California’s Unfair Competition Law.
The plaintiff seeks a jury trial and demands unpaid wages, damages, and statutory penalties on behalf of himself and all class members.
Editor’s Note on Warner Bros Timely Wages Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is written to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit brought against Warner Brothers for allegedly failing to pay its workers properly and depriving them of meal and rest breaks. We also suggest you read the Starbucks Age Discrimination Lawsuit.
Case Name & No.: Greg Wilson v. WB Studio Enterprises, Inc., Case No. 2:21-cv-09632
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Allegations: Warner Brothers allegedly failed to pay its workers properly
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