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Clothing retailer settles with 8,000 plaintiffs

While the following story is happening on the opposite coast of us, it still brings important information regarding employers and their actions when it comes to paying workers for the time they worked.

Ann Taylor Inc., a well known clothing retailer, has settled a wage and hour lawsuit with roughly 8,000 plaintiffs after it was alleged that the company shorted workers on their overtime and failed to meet minimum wage requirements. There were also allegations that the company didn't give their workers the necessary number of rest and meal breaks, as well as claims that when employees were terminated, they weren't paid in a timely fashion.

These are all serious allegations that were settled to the tune of $3.5 million. The lead plaintiff of the lawsuit worked for Ann Taylor Inc. from Oct. 2011 to Oct. 2013 in a location in Los Angeles.

The first thing to learn from this story is that many employment law cases like this are ultimately settled. It is just the way that civil lawsuits usually play out. If you are an employee and are suing your employer, either as an individual or as part of a class, then you should expect settlement offers and, possibly, for the case to end in a settlement.

The other lesson here is that companies make mistakes, and sometimes those "mistakes" are intentional or nefarious. Holding them accountable in these circumstances is critical not just for you, but for the world of employment in general.

Source: California Labor Law News, "California Wage & Hour Lawsuit Settles for $3.5 Million," Gordon Gibb, Aug. 29, 2017

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