Backstrom & Heinrichs File Class Action in San Diego Against Ameriguard Security Services, Inc. for Pay Stub Violations and Penalties

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Security Guards claim Ameriguard Security Services, Inc. did not put all the wages they earned on their pay statements.

The class action firm of Backstrom & Heinrichs, Attorneys at Law, APC, filed a lawsuit claiming that Ameriguard Security Services, Inc. did not include, on the pay statements it issued, all wages its security guard employees had earned. The case was filed in San Diego County Superior Court, Central Division, Case Number 37-2010-00086129-CU-OE-CTL.

The complaint alleges that Ameriguard should have itemized Health and Welfare wages, payments made to 401(k) accounts, accrued vacation time, and payments made for medical coverage. Because it failed to itemize those wages, Ameriguard’s security guard employees could not accurately track the amounts they had earned as Health and Welfare wages, accumulated in their 401(k) accounts, accrued in their vacation banks, or paid toward health benefits. As a result, the security guards and the State of California claim statutory and civil penalties for pay statement violations.

California law requires employers to include “gross wages earned” on the pay statements of employees. When an employer fails to include all earned wages on the pay statements it issues to its employees, the employees can collect damages or penalties. In addition, the State of California has a right to assess civil penalties for the same violations. An employee may act on behalf of the state as a Private Attorney General and collect those civil penalties for the state.

Ameriguard has a contract with the Navy to provide security services on Navy bases in San Diego County. It employs security guards to provide those services.

Backstrom and Heinrichs is a class action firm based in San Diego, California. It handles cases throughout California with an emphasis on Southern California. The class that Backstrom & Heinrichs represents seeks compensation for all violations occurring between January 1, 2009 and the present.

Backstrom & Heinrichs, Attorneys at Law, A Professional Corporation—(866) 264-6543,


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