Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., June 26
Home Depot Workers Allege Wage Theft
A class action suit filed in San Diego last week against Home Depot alleges that employees were forced to work while off the clock and denied overtime wages, with the total amount lost by plaintiffs exceeding $5 million. The company is also accused of denying workers appropriate rest and meal breaks as required by law.
“Defendant has a corporate policy and/or practice of erasing and/or reducing the amount of overtime wages paid to hourly non-exempt employees,” the complaint states. “Defendant employed various means in order to facilitate the non-payment of overtime wages including, among other things, having managers submit forms to human resources to reduce that Plaintiffs and class members were paid for.”
The complaint further alleges that workers who were required to remain on site after clocking out to discuss work-related matters, or those who had finished their closing-time shifts but were not allowed to leave until their managers had finished work, were not paid for this time.
Due to some of these incidents, some workers claim to have effectively been paid less than minimum wage for the total number of hours they worked.
The plaintiffs seek restoration of any unpaid wages, including overtime pay where appropriate, plus penalties of up to $4,000 per employee from Home Depot.
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