Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Inc. and its distributor, The American Bottling Company, are on the receiving end of a former merchandiser’s lawsuit filed over alleged violations of California labor law.
Recently removed from state to federal court, the proposed class action says the plaintiff was responsible for driving to various stores throughout Los Angeles to set up promotional signs and stock merchandise. The man alleges he often worked off the clock during break periods and was not paid an accurate time-and-a-half overtime rate for hours worked in excess of eight each day and 40 each week. As a result, the suit continues, the plaintiff was deprived of lawful minimum and overtime wages, as well as uninterrupted meal and rest periods.
“Defendants had no policy, procedure, or practice for Plaintiff and similarly situated employees to report missed rest breaks or recover lost wages,” the complaint adds, “and Defendants had no policy, procedure, or practice to provide one hour of additional wages for each workday that the rest break was not provided.”
The man claims his wages were further reduced as he was not reimbursed for business expenses, including the cost of using his personal cell phone’s GPS to find assigned work locations.
Lastly, the suit charges that the defendants issued inaccurate wage statements, failed to maintain proper records, and did not pay workers all due wages upon separation of employment.