M.A.C. Cosmetics, Inc. is facing a proposed class action out of California that claims the defendant failed to pay proper overtime and denied employees required meal and rest breaks. The plaintiff in the suit says she worked at several of the defendant’s store locations in various positions, including part-time cashier, part-time makeup artist, and full-time “third key” responsible for supervising the store “when a store manager or assistant store manager were not on the premises.”
The plaintiff claims her wages included service commissions for each makeup application and sales bonuses when the store exceeded its sales goals, yet the suit argues that this additional compensation was not included in the defendant’s overtime wage calculations. Further, the woman alleges she never received the commissions and bonuses she earned between October 2017 and February 2018.
Moreover, the lawsuit continues, employees were not permitted to take uninterrupted meal and rest breaks, as the defendant’s stores were understaffed and workers could not leave them unattended. The case claims the defendant maintained no policy for reporting missed breaks whereby employees could receive premium compensation in accordance with California law.
Originally filed in state court, the case has recently been removed to the District Court for the Southern District of California.