Hurley International and parent company Nike face a lawsuit in which a former retail worker alleges current and former employees in California are owed unpaid wages stemming from a host of state labor code violations.
Filed in Los Angeles County court and removed to the state’s Northern District, the lawsuit states the plaintiff began working for the defendants in 2014 as a sales lead at Hurley’s Cabazon store before moving to locations in L.A. and Costa Mesa. The plaintiff claims that because Hurley’s stores were often understaffed, the defendants failed to provide retail employees with adequate, duty-free rest periods, as well as compensation for missed rest periods, on most work days as required by California’s Labor Code.
Despite many work days pushing past 10 hours, the defendants, the case continues, also failed to provide retail employees with at least two uninterrupted, unrestricted 30-minute meal breaks after every five hours of work. For 10-hour-plus days, the case goes on, Hurley and Nike failed to provide retail workers with a third rest period while compelling the employees to work through their meal periods without pay.
The extra time spent working through breaks caused retail employees to incur uncompensated regular time and overtime, according to the plaintiff, whose employment with the defendants ended in August 2018. Upon her separation from the companies, Hurley and Nike, the woman claims, willfully failed to pay final wages in a timely fashion.