Peri Farms Wages, Hours, Breaks California Employment Class Action

This class action brings suit against a farm company and its production manager for some all-too-common employment violations, in any setting. According to the complaint, those who work for Peri & Sons Farms of California, LLC, and its production manager, Roy Estrada, do not get proper overtime pay or rest or meal breaks, among other things, in violation of California’s labor code and certain Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders.

The class for this action is all current and former non-exempt employees of the defendants in California, at any time between October 2, 2016 and the time when a notice of settlement or judgment is distributed.

Plaintiff Lorena Suarez Guzman worked for the farm from around May 2016 to September 2019. Among her duties were the sorting, packing, shipping, and otherwise preparing farm products for marketing or distribution. She claims that the defendants did not follow the requirements of California’s laws.

For one thing, Guzman alleges that she and other workers were not properly paid for work in excess of eight hours per day, forty hours in a week, or on the seventh consecutive day of work in a week. They did not “accurately track and/or pay” for all overtime minutes she and the others actually worked.

Under California laws, workers are entitled to a thirty-minute, uninterrupted meal break, and to a second one if they work more than ten hours in a day. If they do not provide these meal breaks, they must make an additional hour’s payment to the worker.

The rules are similar for rest breaks: they must provide them to workers at specified intervals, and if they do not, they must pay the workers extra.

This leads to a couple of other “downstream” violations: According to the complaint, they have failed provide workers with itemized wage statements that accurately show all hours worked and other information required by the law; and, not having recorded all hours worked with their attendant proper pay rates, they have failed to pay these workers all wages due at termination or resignation.

The counts include the following:

  • Failure to track and pay all hours worked, and failure to pay overtime wages, whether at time-and-half or double time, whichever is required by law according to the circumstances of the overtime work
  • Failure to pay at least minimum wage for all hours worked.
  • Failure to provide meal breaks and rest periods.
  • Failure to provide accurate wage statements.
  • Failure to pay all wages due at termination.
  • Unfair competition.
Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Employment

Most Recent Case Event

Peri Farms Wages, Hours, Breaks California Employment Class Action

October 2, 2020

This class action brings suit against a farm company and its production manager for some all-too-common employment violations, in any setting. According to the complaint, those who work for Peri & Sons Farms of California, LLC, and its production manager, Roy Estrada, do not get proper overtime pay or rest or meal breaks, among other things, in violation of California’s labor code and certain Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders.

Peri Farms Wages, Hours, Breaks California Employment Class Action

Case Event History

Peri Farms Wages, Hours, Breaks California Employment Class Action

October 2, 2020

This class action brings suit against a farm company and its production manager for some all-too-common employment violations, in any setting. According to the complaint, those who work for Peri & Sons Farms of California, LLC, and its production manager, Roy Estrada, do not get proper overtime pay or rest or meal breaks, among other things, in violation of California’s labor code and certain Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders.

Peri Farms Wages, Hours, Breaks California Employment Class Action
Tags: Employment Violations, Failure to Allow for/Figure in Break Time, Overtime Not Paid at Overtime Rates, Unpaid Overtime