Amazon Faces Class Action Lawsuit in Cali for Wage Violations

A complaint seeking class action status on behalf of fulfillment center workers was filed in California state court against Amazon. It seeks damages for Amazon’s failure to pay overtime, provide meal and rest periods or compensation in lieu therof, maintain proper records, and make timely payments to terminated employees

Juan C. Avalos worked for Amazon in one of its California fulfillment centers from July 2016 through 2017 processing packages that were going to be distributed, according to the complaint. 

Avalos claims that Amazon required him and other similar employees to go through security checkpoints, including metal detectors, after clocking out for meal and rest breaks and at the end of their shifts. He claims that the time waiting in line at these checkpoints ranged from two to more than four minutes. 

In the complaint Avalos claims that he his coworkers “were required by [Amazon] to spend several minutes each day off-the-clock and without pay at the start and end of their shifts.” He claims they routinely worked more than eight hours a day and 40 hours a week, for which they received no overtime pay.

The fulfillment center workers were often required to work more than five hours without a 30 minute meal break and not given a second 30 minute break after working ten yours, as required by California law, according to the complaint. In lieu of providing the break, the law requires the employer to provide an additional hour’s pay; Avalos says Amazon did not do so.

Claiming that Amazon employed thousands of workers similar to himself, Avalos asks the court to open the suit to all who were employed in the past four years. The suit also alleges that Amazon failed to provide proper wage statements and did not pay terminated employees within 72 hours of their departure, as required by law.

Avalos is represented by James Hawkins of Irvine, California.

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