A proposed class action lawsuit filed against CVS Health Corporation and CVS Pharmacy, Inc. claims the companies fail to pay employees properly due to off-the-clock security screenings.
According to the case, which has been removed from state to federal court in California, the defendants require employees to wait in line for mandatory bag searches before leaving the premises for breaks and at the end of shifts. The plaintiff, a former employee, alleges he was deprived of wages and full meal and rest breaks due to long, unpaid wait times. This issue is exacerbated, the lawsuit goes on, by the number of employees who must wait together before submitting to a security check. As explained in the complaint:
“A large number of hourly employees leave for breaks at the same time and/or end their shift at the same time. This creates lengthy lines and backups for employees authorized to conduct security screenings who are often times engaged in other job-related duties.”
These daily wait times resulted in employees losing out on both regular and overtime wages, as well as premiums for missed and shortened breaks, the suit says.