Choice Hotels International, Inc. is the defendant in a proposed collective and class action in which the plaintiff claims that rather than pay Clarion Hotel housekeepers true-time-and-a-half overtime wages, the company instead paid the workers $5 for each “extra room” they cleaned.
According to the lawsuit, the defendant’s housekeepers are paid $9 per hour for five eight-and-a-half-hour shifts per week with a 30-minute unpaid meal break allowed per shift. The workers typically have 16 or more rooms to service per shift, the suit explains, with supervisors supposedly adding more to the list throughout the day as needed. Housekeepers are expected by the defendant to continue working until they have serviced every assigned room, the case says.
The plaintiff claims that she routinely worked between 10 and 12 hours per day, including throughout her unpaid meal time. On average, the lawsuit states, the plaintiff put in between 50 and 55 hours per week yet was only paid for about 36 hours of work with no overtime pay for any hours worked in excess of 40.