Victoria’s Secret Was Sued For Underpaying Workers
American lingerie retailer, Victoria’s Secret, was charged with a class action lawsuit due to allegations that the retailer underpaid its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Class Action Lawsuit
Monique Tirado, the lead plaintiff, filed the class action lawsuit against Victoria’s Secret LLC on April 15, 2021, at a California federal court.
The lead plaintiff contended that the lingerie retailer exploited its employees by underpaying them. Aside from this, she also attested that the retailer mandates its employees to work overtime.
The class action lawsuit asserts that Victoria’s Secret has worked with L Brands Inc to run various Victoria’s Secret stores.
It argues that under their management, employees were not appropriately paid for the work they do. It adds that workers were paid below their hourly rate, which breaches various minimum wage laws.
The class action lawsuit seeks to represent Victoria’s Secret employees working in their California stores and who were required to work overtime but did not get paid for the work they have rendered.
Monique Tirado claimed that Victoria’s Secret implemented daily temperature testing for its employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
The daily temperature checks were required and were done as a coronavirus safety protocol. It is usually done at the start of the employee’s shift, and it takes workers more than 5 minutes daily to do it.
The lead plaintiff asserted that she worked at Victoria’s Secret store located in Visalia, California. She added that she has worked for the retailer from November 1, 2020, to December 6, 2020.
The complainant insisted that during her employment, she was paid an hourly rate of $14. She had to work four days a week during this time—her shift at the store lasted for four to five hours.
Monique Tirado argued that from March 4, 2020, during the coronavirus outbreak, Victoria’s Secret has required its employees to undergo a temperature check. The temperature check was done before she could clock in her time and start her shift.
The lead plaintiff claimed that, on average, the temperature screening lasts for five minutes. However, there were times that employees had to wait longer. She added that the retailer did not pay the time spent by employees to wait for the daily temperature checks.
She believes that since the employees were paid hourly, losing even 5 minutes of unpaid time affects them and will cause their hourly rate to go below minimum wage.
The lead plaintiff aims to require the lingerie retailer to compensate affected individuals with their unpaid wages. She seeks to represent all past and current non-exempt and hourly employees of Victoria’s Secret who they underpaid since March 4, 2020.
Editor’s Note on Victoria’s Secret Class Action Lawsuit 2021 – Underpaying Workers:
This article is published to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit filed against Victoria’s Secret due to allegations that they poorly paid their employees during the pandemic.
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Case Name & No.: Tirado v. Victoria’s Secret LLC, et al., 1:21-cv-00636-NONE-SKO, US District Court for the Eastern District of California
Products/Services: Victoria’s Secret employee wages
Allegations: Victoria’s Secret allegedly underpaid its employees during the coronavirus pandemic
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