Starbucks Corporation faces a proposed class action that claims the coffee giant has failed to provide proper wage statements to workers in California.
More specifically, the case alleges workers’ wage statements unlawfully failed to state the name of their employer, and misrepresented their total hours worked whenever they were paid a shift differential or other non-regular wages.
The lawsuit, which was recently removed from Stanislaus County, California Superior Court to the state’s Eastern District Court, alleges violations of California’s Labor Code.
The plaintiff says she worked for Starbucks in California between October 2017 and October 2020, and was paid on an hourly basis as a non-exempt employee. Per the case, the plaintiff’s wage statements did not state the legal name of her employer, and provided instead only an address.
Moreover, the plaintiff, whenever she was paid shift differential or other non-regular time wages, was not provided with requisite itemized wage statements that accurately showed her hours worked, the suit claims. According to the case, the statements listed instead “gross hours” that itemized an inaccurate number of hours worked. When the hours shown on the plaintiff’s wage statements were added up, the sum failed to reflect the total number of hours the individual worked, the lawsuit alleges.
Per the suit, Starbucks has engaged in “a system of willful violations” of the California Labor Code by implementing policies that “knowingly deny its employees” their rights under state law.
The case looks to represent anyone who worked for Starbucks in California at any time since September 30, 2019 and those who were paid shift differential wages or other non-regular wages while working for Starbucks in California at any time since September 30, 2019.
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