Rentokil North America, Inc. faces a proposed class action in which a former employee claims the pest control business has failed to pay workers proper wages, among other apparent violations of California state law.
According to the case, non-exempt employees were not paid at the correct rate for all hours worked in that the defendant required them to work off the clock and failed to include incentive pay in their time-and-a-half overtime rates. Moreover, the plaintiff says he and others were not paid all earned commissions.
The suit goes on to claim that employees were not provided with timely, uninterrupted meal and break periods, nor paid an additional hour of pay at their regular rate for each day in which they did not receive a proper break.
Per the complaint, Rentokil North America also failed to provide employees with accurate, itemized wage statements that included gross wages earned; total hours worked; number of piece-rate units earned and any applicable piece rates; all deductions; net wages earned; pay period dates; the name of the employee and the last four digits of their Social Security number or employee ID number; the employer’s name and address; and all applicable hourly rates in effect during the pay period and the corresponding number of hours worked at each rate.
Moreover, the lawsuit claims employees were not provided with a timely payment of wages due upon separation from employment.
The lawsuit claims Rentokil was well aware of its obligation to pay employees in accordance with California law and had the financial ability to do so but “willfully, knowingly and intentionally failed” to pay workers properly in order to increase profits.
Originally filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court, the lawsuit was removed to California’s Central District Court on November 20, 2020.
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