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Resort workers sue employer for wage violation

Workers at a resort in California have filed a lawsuit against their employers on the grounds that they are violating labor and pay laws. Two current employees at the Terranea Resort have sued their employers because they are forced to arrive to work early in order to park their car at a remote parking lot 30 minutes from the resort. A bus then picks them up and takes them to work, where they have to wait another 15 minutes to get their uniforms from a distributor.

In total, this is nearly an hour of time the employees have to "work" -- and yet they are not paid for this time by their employers. This is the crux of the lawsuit, and if it is granted class action status, more than 600 other people may join the lawsuit.

This lawsuit poses a very interesting question about wage and hour law. Are employees not entitled to pay when they are "not on the clock" even though the activity itself is a part of their work schedule? It would appear that if you have to spend nearly an hour outside of commuting to work to actually start working that such time should be compensated.

But this lawsuit will go a long way towards answering that question. In the meantime, this story exemplifies how workers always have to keep fighting for their rights and their interests.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Workers' lawsuit accuses ritzy Terranea Resort of wage theft," Hugo Martin, Oct. 19, 2017

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