A proposed class action lawsuit claims Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. has failed to pay wages due to employees upon their separation from the company and provide accurate itemized wage statements.
The plaintiff, who worked for the defendant between January 2018 and January 2020, claims that Home Depot provides employees’ final paychecks in the form of paycards. The lawsuit argues that paycards, unlike checks or direct deposit, are not usable at all locations and, in some cases, require the payment of fees for usage. The plaintiff alleges that Home Depot’s choice of issuing paycards for final wages rather than the methods by which employees were paid throughout the rest of their tenure with the company robs the workers of access to all the funds contained on the card.
The case takes further issue with Home Depot’s alleged practice of failing to specify employees’ overtime rates of pay on wage statements. The plaintiff claims the defendant routinely identified on her wage statements the “lump sum” of overtime pay, as well as the number of overtime hours worked, yet failed to specify the hourly rate as required under the California Labor Code.
Originally filed in California’s superior court, the lawsuit has since been removed to the state’s central district court.