Fedex Ground Warehouse Workers California Labor Class Action

This class action brings suit against Fedex Ground Package System, Inc. for violating California’s Labor Code and its Industrial Welfare Commission’s wage orders in its treatment of hourly, non-exempt warehouse employees. The allegations involve payment for all hours worked, meal and rest breaks, and the “downstream” effects of these that lead to other violations.

First, the complaint alleges that employees were forced to go through security screening at the beginning and end of their shifts and any time before and after they left the premises for meal or rest breaks. The time spent on this practice was not included in their clocked time for the week.

Second, if the time spent on this practice caused them to go into overtime—with more than eight hours worked in a day or more than forty worked in a week—they were not paid overtime wages.

Third, employers must give employees meal and rest breaks at specified intervals. If the employee is not relieved of all duties during these time, or if the employee is not free to leave the workplace, it is considered time worked. An employer who fails to provide this fully-off-duty meal break, the complaint says, “must pay the employee one hour of pay at the employee’s regular rate of compensation for each work day that a legally required meal period was not provided or was not duty-free.” The complaint alleges that the requirement to go through the security line reduced their meal and rest breaks.

These violations lead to “downstream” violations. According to the complaint, the employees did not receive accurate, itemized statements because the company did not recognize the extra time spent clocking in and out and its infringement on meal and rest breaks. Furthermore, since this time was not recognized, they did not receive all wages they were due at separation.

The classes for this action include an Overtime Class consisting of all current and former non-exempt warehouse employees required to pass through Fedex’s mandatory security checks employed in California, at any time between March 25, 2016 and the date that the notice is mailed in this case, who were not paid overtime wages for all overtime hours worked in excess of eight per day or forty per week or on the seventh consecutive day of work.

The complaint also proposes a Meal Period Class, a Rest Period Class, a Wage Statement Class, and a Waiting Time Class. For more details of these classes, see page 12 of the Complaint linked below.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Employment

Most Recent Case Event

Fedex Ground Warehouse Workers California Labor Complaint

March 25, 2020

This class action brings suit against Fedex Ground Package System, Inc. for violating California’s Labor Code and its Industrial Welfare Commission’s wage orders in its treatment of hourly, non-exempt warehouse employees. The allegations involve payment for all hours worked, meal and rest breaks, and the “downstream” effects of these that lead to other violations.

Fedex Ground Warehouse Workers California Labor Complaint

Case Event History

Fedex Ground Warehouse Workers California Labor Complaint

March 25, 2020

This class action brings suit against Fedex Ground Package System, Inc. for violating California’s Labor Code and its Industrial Welfare Commission’s wage orders in its treatment of hourly, non-exempt warehouse employees. The allegations involve payment for all hours worked, meal and rest breaks, and the “downstream” effects of these that lead to other violations.

Fedex Ground Warehouse Workers California Labor Complaint
Tags: Employment Violations, Failure to Allow for/Figure in Break Time, Unpaid Overtime