Le Pain Quotidien Allegedly Misclassifies Managers. Managers Stiffed for Overtime Pay – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

by Norman B. Blumenthal on June 3, 2013

CoffeeDonutLe Pain Quotidien has been caught allegedly misclassifying its Assistant Store Managers as exempt employees.  The result – hundreds of Assistant Store Managers may have been stiffed for overtime pay.

According to the Class Action Complaint filed by the Los Angeles employment law firm Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik against one of Le Pain Quotidien’s local bakery chains, Assistant Store Managers who worked for the global restaurant group spent the majority of their time performing non-exempt work tasks throughout their shifts, such as providing service to the bakery's customers.   In fact, despite having a managerial job title, very little of their job required them to supervise other employees.

Said Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik’s managing partner, Norman B. Blumenthal, “Assistant Managers were misclassified as exempt and should have been properly classified as non-exempt employees entitled to overtime wages and other related benefits.  When companies such as Le Pain Quotidien misclassify managers, they fail to pay their share of unemployment taxes and other state and federal taxes and the economy suffers.”

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

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.

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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