A proposed class action filed against Amazon.com, LLC and Golden State FC, LLC has been removed to California federal court. The plaintiff behind the case alleges the companies have failed to pay employees at Amazon’s California fulfillment centers proper wages for all hours worked and failed to provide uninterrupted meal and rest periods due to workload requirements. Also at issue in the suit is the claim that the defendants failed to maintain itemized wage and hour records.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff worked at the defendants’ Moreno Valley fulfillment center from July 2016 through May 2017 in the outbound department. The case links the defendants’ alleged failure to provide sufficient meal and rest breaks with the companies’ policy of requiring non-exempt employees to pass through metal detectors and undergo security checks after clocking out for breaks.
“Due to the large number of Class Members who were exiting at the same time, the time spent waiting in line could range between two and over four minutes,” the complaint reads.
The plaintiff claims proposed class members frequently had to work more than five hours without a minimum 30-minute meal break due to time spent waiting in line for security checks. Moreover, the case claims Amazon workers were not given a second minimum 30-minute meal break when they worked in excess of 10 hours without receiving one additional hour’s worth of compensation for each workday during which a meal period was not provided. From the complaint:
“Due to the security check requirement and distance that Non-Exempt Employees had to walk in order to take their rest breaks, Plaintiff and Class Members were frequently required to work without being permitted or authorized a minimum ten (10) minute rest period for every four hours or major fraction thereof. Plaintiff and Class Members were not provided a third ten (10) minute rest break when they worked shifts over ten hours in a day and were not compensated one (1) hour of pay at their regular rate of compensation for each workday that a rest period was not provided, in violation of California labor laws, regulations, and IWC Wage Orders.”