Employment Lawyers Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik File Class Action against Tommy Bahama for Allegedly Forcing Employees to Work Off the Clock during Security Inspections

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On May 10, 2012, the San Francisco employment lawyers at Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik filed a class action complaint against Tommy Bahama for allegedly violating California labor laws dealing with wages & hours, including overtime pay by forcing employees to undergo security inspections after shifts as part of a loss prevention program without additional pay for the time it takes to conduct the inspections.

Loss prevention inspections are conducted by retailers to stop employee theft. But, as a result of the substantial delays caused by these bag checks, the employees’ wages are the only thing being stolen by these retailers

On May 10, 2012 the employment attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik filed a class action complaint against Tommy Bahama for alleged wage and hour violations. Godinez vs. Tommy Bahama R&R Holdings, Inc., Case No. CGC-12-520713 is currently pending in the San Francisco County Superior Court.

According to the class action complaint filed against Tommy Bahama, the store routinely detained the Plaintiff and other Class Members inside Tommy Bahama after their shifts were over so other employees of Tommy Bahama could search them for company merchandise. The suit alleges that these delays resulted in substantial unpaid labor every day for hundreds of Tommy Bahama employees in California and “has resulted in a systematic underpayment of overtime compensation" to the employees. As a result of Tommy Bahama’s alleged failure to pay for all hours worked by these employees, including their time spent waiting for and submitting to the loss prevention inspections, the wage statements issued to Plaintiff and California Class Members were inaccurate and in violation of California Labor Code Section 226(a).

The founding and managing partner of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhomwik, Norman Blumenthal stated, “Loss prevention inspections are conducted by retailers to stop employee theft. But, as a result of the substantial delays caused by these bag checks, the employees’ wages are the only thing being stolen by these retailers.”

Read more public court documents about the Tommy Bahama Class Action Lawsuit.

The San Francisco employment lawyers at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug Bhowmik dedicate its legal practice to helping employees fight back against violations of California labor laws.

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