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Judge Rules Costco Workers Can Proceed as California Class Action in Wage and Hour Lawsuit

December 22, 2010

In recent news that our Santa Ana, California employment lawyers have been following, a group of Costco employees who were allegedly forced to work overtime hours without receiving any payment, have been allowed by a federal judge in California to move forward as a California class action and according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), a conditional collective action nationwide.

According to the original lawsuit, employees of Costco allege that at the end of their work shifts, they were locked in the store until managers finished their duties, such as taking jewelry out of the store display cases, and emptying cash registers.

The employees claim that they were typically locked in the store at the end of their shifts for ten to thirty minutes, without receiving any form of overtime payment-- a violation of federal and California wage and hour laws.

The WSJ reports that approximately one quarter of Costco's warehouses are based in California, and the suit affects California workers who were employed from May 15, 2005 to October 1, 2009. Thousands of workers could reportedly be a part of this class action wage and hour lawsuit, seeing back payment.

In the nationwide conditional class action decision, non-exempt Costco employees who worked hourly from April 8, 2007 and October 1, 2009 will reportedly be contacted and given the opportunity to join the lawsuit, giving depositions about their experiences.

In Orange County, California, Howard Law, PC represents employees in class action wage and hour lawsuits, who have been wrongfully deprived of wages and are seeking recovery. Let our team of California labor and employment attorneys protect your rights. Call today for a free consultation at 1-800-872-5925.

Costco Workers Clear Hurdle in Overtime Suit, The Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2010

Related Web Resources:

California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR): The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, (DSLE)

California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC)

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)