The San Diego Employment Attorneys at Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik Bring A Lawsuit Against Clothing Retailer Charming Charlie For Allegedly Failing To Pay Proper Wages

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The class action lawsuit alleges various wage and hour violations, including mandatory security checks while employees were off the clock.

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the clothing retailer allegedly failed to pay their employees for all the hours they worked, including the time spent waiting for the company to check their bags and persons prior to leaving the store

On March 6, 2014, the San Diego labor lawyers at Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik filed a class action lawsuit against Charming Charlie Inc. alleging the clothing retailer failed to pay their employees for all the hours they worked, including the time spent waiting for the company to check their bags and persons prior to leaving the store. Battle, et al. vs. Charming Charlie Inc., Case No. 37-2014-00005608-CU-OE-CTL is currently pending in the San Diego Superior Court for the State of California. To view a copy of the most recent Complaint, please click here.

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Charming Charlie required their employees to undergo mandatory "bag checks" before leaving the retail store after their shifts ended, but while these employees had already clocked out of Charming Charlie's timekeeping system. The so called "bag check " cases are a hotly contested issue in California employment law in recent years and the lawyers at Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik have brought multiple cases on behalf of retail store employees who have been subject to unpaid mandatory loss prevention inspections.

The Complaint further asserts Charming Charlie allegedly failed to pay their employees who worked split shifts a premium of one hour’s pay at the minimum wage. The Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders define a “split-shift” as a “work schedule, which is interrupted by non-paid, non-working, periods established by the employer, other than bona fide rest or meal periods.” Under the California Labor Code, employees who work split shifts are entitled to receive their regular wages for the hours they work plus a premium of one hour´s pay at the minimum wage. The Complaint also seeks an unspecified amount of damages for meal break violations as a result of Charming Charlie allegedly failing to provide 30 minute uninterrupted meal breaks before their employees' fifth hour of work.

Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik represent California employees in class action lawsuits involving wage and hour violations against their employer. Contact one of their experienced attorneys for free California Labor law advice by clicking here or calling (866) 771-7099.

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