Dollar General Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

by Norman B. Blumenthal on August 20, 2013

minimum-wageDollar General Corp., a U.S. chain of variety stores, is facing a class action lawsuit for violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Dollar General is also accused of violating employment laws of the State of Tennessee.

According to the Plaintiffs, who worked as hourly nonexempt employees, Dollar general did not give them the requisite meal breaks when they worked 32-40 hours per week.  Specifically, the employees allege that because they were supervisory “keyholders” they were not allowed to leave work premises during these meal periods.  As such, they “worked” during their meal breaks in violation of federal and state laws, and were not compensated for the time used to perform this “work.”

Under the FLSA, non-exempt employees are entitled to a statutory meal break during their shift.  During the meal break, non-exempt employees must be allowed to leave their place of employment, even if they choose not to do so.

If your employer classifies you as exempt when you primarily perform nonexempt tasks, 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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