Party City Corporation Faces a Class Action Lawsuit That Alleges the Company Failed to Pay Overtime Wages and Provide Meal Breaks to Their Employees

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A class action lawsuit has been filed by one of Party City's employees who alleges various California Labor Code violations.

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Party City allegedly altered time records to avoid paying these employees for all their time worked

On December 18, 2014 the San Diego labor law attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug and Bhowmik filed a proposed class action Complaint against Party City Corporation for allegedly failing to provide their California employees with the legally required thirty minute uninterrupted meal periods. The complaint also alleges that Party City altered time records to avoid paying these employees for all their time worked, including overtime worked and missed meal breaks. The Party City lawsuit, Case No. 37-2014-00042839-CU-OE-CTL, is currently pending in San Diego County Superior Court. To view a copy of the Complaint, click here.

The lawsuit filed against Party City claims that the company violated the California Labor Code by altering time records and as a result allegedly failed to accurately compensate their employees for overtime hours worked or for missed meal periods. Under the California Labor Code, an employee who is classified as non-exempt and is paid on an hourly basis must be paid overtime wages for time worked in excess of eight hours in a workday and time worked over forty hours in a workweek. Furthermore, the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders requires companies to pay their California employees for all time worked, meaning the time during which an employee is subject to the control of an employer, including all the time the employee is suffered or permitted to work.

The Complaint also alleges that the employees working at Party City Corporation were not always able to take their thirty minute uninterrupted meal breaks before their fifth hour of work. California law requires employers to provide their non-exempt employees paid on an hourly basis with thirty minute meal periods before the employee works five hours. The penalty for failing to provide adequate meal breaks is one hour of pay under the California Labor Code.

To learn more about the class action lawsuit filed against Party City Corporation, please call (866) 771-7099 to speak to one of the attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug and Bhowmik or click here.

Blumenthal, Nordrehaug and Bhowmik is a San Diego labor law firm that is experienced in wage violation lawsuits seeking overtime wages in California. The firm dedicates its practice to helping employees, fight back against unfair business practices, including violations of the California Labor Code and Fair Labor Standards Act.

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