A proposed class action claims Amazon Retail LLC has violated California law by failing to provide requisite information on workers’ paystubs.
The nine-page case more specifically alleges Amazon has issued wage statements that included a total amount for “Retro Shift Pay” without identifying the applicable pay rate and number of hours worked at that rate as required under California labor law.
“California Labor Code § 226(a) places an affirmative obligation on employers to provide accurate itemized wage statements,” the complaint explains. “Defendant, as a matter of policy and practice, did not provide complete and accurate wage statements to Plaintiff and the Class, in violation of Labor Code § 226(a).”
The plaintiff, who works for Amazon as an outbound operations zone lead, claims to have received wage statements with the ambiguous “Retro Shift Pay” total, leaving him unable to determine how the amount was calculated and whether it was accurate.
The plaintiff looks to represent all current and former non-exempt employees of the defendant in California who were paid “Retro Shift Pay” wages at any time since June 16, 2020.
The lawsuit, initially filed on June 16 in Orange County, California Superior Court, was removed to the state’s Central District Court on July 28, less than a week after a judge granted final approval to a $13.5 million settlement with Amazon workers who claimed to have been underpaid for time spent undergoing mandatory security checks. That suit, which was initially filed in 2010, covers thousands of Amazon.com warehouse workers in Nevada and has so far resulted in an average payout of $641.73 for those who filed claims. More information about the settlement can be found in thefinal approval order.
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