Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 08, 2012
On May 10, 2012, the employment law firm Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik filed a class action complaint against Leeds Mattress Stores, Inc. (“Leeds”) alleging Leeds misclassified their Sales Representatives as exempt from overtime wages and violated other California wage and hour laws. Williams II, et al. vs. Leeds Mattress Stores, Inc., Case No. BC484340 is currently pending in the Los Angeles County Superior Court for the State of California.
The Sales Representatives alleged in the class action wage and hour Complaint they were primarily engaged in non-exempt duties, including cleaning windows, watering plants, and sweeping sidewalks. Furthermore, the Complaint alleges that “they were paid a flat rate of $100 as a draw per day worked, without regard to the actual number of hours worked per day.” As a result, the Complaint claims that these employees were systematically denied overtime pay at the applicable overtime rates throughout their employment with Leeds.
Specifically, the complaint contends that when the Sales Reps made sales that were paid in cash, "they were required to collect... then deposit the cash at Leeds’ bank before arriving for work the next day.” Additionally, the Complaint contends that, “As a result of their rigorous work schedules, they were often unable to take off duty meal breaks and were not fully relieved of duty for meal periods.”
The managing partner of the law firm, Norman B. Blumenthal, stated “this illegal practice of misclassifying employees as exempt from overtime wages strips workers of benefits and protections, puts responsible employers at a competitive disadvantage, and cheats taxpayers.”
The employment attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik represent many California employees in class action lawsuits against their current and/or former employers for wage and hour violations. Feel free to contact one of their experienced attorneys for advice by clicking here or calling (866) 771-7099.