Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Le Pain Quotidien For Alleged Misclassification of Managers – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

by Norman B. Blumenthal on March 7, 2013

TimeA class action lawsuit has been filed against a local bakery chain of a global restaurant group for misclassifying their Assistant Store Managers to avoid overtime pay.  According to the Los Angeles employment law firm Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik, PQ Operations, Inc., a part of the Le Pain Quotidien global restaurant group.  Harvey, et al. vs. PQ Operations, Inc., Case No. BC497964 is currently pending in the Los Angeles County Superior Court for the State of California.

The Class Action Complaint alleges that the Assistant Managers who worked for PQ Operations, Inc. spent the majority of their time performing non-exempt work tasks throughout their shifts, such as providing service to the bakery's customers.   Additionally, the Complaint alleges that the Assistant Managers did very little in supervising other employees.   As a result, the Complaint claims that the Assistant Managers were misclassified as exempt and should have been properly classified as non-exempt employees entitled to overtime wages and other related benefits.

Managing partner, Norman B. Blumenthal, noted “Companies who misclassify managers fail to pay their share of unemployment taxes and other state and federal taxes.”

Le Pain Quotidien has bakery locations in over 20 countries, including the U.S., Spain, Mexico, and Japan.

If you are an Assistant Manager working for any company and are not being paid overtime, call an experienced Los Angeles labor attorney today at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik at (310) 981-3918.  Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik is a California employment law firm with offices located in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The firm dedicates its practice to contingency fee employment law work for issues involving misclassification as a salaried worker exempt from overtime, failure to pay vacation wages, misclassification as an independent contractor, off-the-clock work, wrongful termination, discrimination and other California labor laws.

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