Lowe’s Managers Off-the-Clock Work South Carolina Class Action

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC operate stores that sell hardware, tools, home appliances, and repair and renovation supplies. The complaint for this class action alleges that Lowe’s employs hourly, non-exempt managers who are not compensated for all the work they perform. According to the complaint, they must perform work before and after their shifts and during their unpaid meal periods.

The class for this action is all similarly-situation current and former hourly managers who work or have worked for Lowe’s at any of their retail stores in South Carolina, at any time during the applicable statutory period.

Lowe’s full-time, non-exempt, hourly managers include department managers, service managers, and support managers, who work to oversee stores, handle departments, and manage employees. However, they are required to perform various duties when they are not on the clock.

For example, before work, they may be told to show up early for work to perform a perimeter check by driving slowly around the store to make sure that nothing unusual has happened during the night. They may have to open and close entrances, set and disarm the alarm system, and log in and out of the computer system. The complaint particularly claims that Lowe’s has failed to pay workers “for time spent reading and responding to work-related smartphone communications during non-work hours, including during unpaid meal periods…”

The complaint alleges that hourly managers “spend significant time performing this off-the-clock work, but [Lowe’s] do[es] not compensate them for it.”

This may be partly because they are told to perform this work before or after their shifts, but they cannot access Lowe’s timekeeping equipment unless they are inside the store. Hourly managers can override the timekeeping system to adjust hours for other employees, but they cannot override it to adjust their own hours.

The company promises hourly managers an unpaid sixty-minute meal period during each shift. However, the complaint claims that the managers are not, as the law requires, completely relieved of their duties during this time.

Sometimes, when managers are attempting to set the alarm system at the end of the day, they may find an error message because of partially open or unlocked doors, and they may have to spend fifteen to twenty minutes resolving the problem. Also, after they leave the store, they may find carts or flatbeds in the parking lot that should be retrieved, and they may perform these duties before they leave.

Even when they are not at the store, they are required to read and respond to work-related messages that come in to their smartphones. They are not paid for this time either.

Lowe’s operates some 2,000 stores in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Approximately fifty of these stores are in South Carolina. The complaint claims that, in requiring employees to perform off-the-clock work, Lowe’s has violated the South Carolina Payment of Wages Act.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Employment

Most Recent Case Event

Lowe’s Managers Off-the-Clock Work South Carolina Complaint

March 19, 2020

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC operate stores that sell hardware, tools, home appliances, and repair and renovation supplies. The complaint for this class action alleges that Lowe’s employs hourly, non-exempt managers who are not compensated for all the work they perform. According to the complaint, they must perform work before and after their shifts and during their unpaid meal periods.

Lowe’s Managers Off-the-Clock Work South Carolina Complaint

Case Event History

Lowe’s Managers Off-the-Clock Work South Carolina Complaint

March 19, 2020

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC operate stores that sell hardware, tools, home appliances, and repair and renovation supplies. The complaint for this class action alleges that Lowe’s employs hourly, non-exempt managers who are not compensated for all the work they perform. According to the complaint, they must perform work before and after their shifts and during their unpaid meal periods.

Lowe’s Managers Off-the-Clock Work South Carolina Complaint
Tags: Employment Violations, Not Paid for All Hours Worked, Unpaid Overtime