Five lessons for California employers from $6 million verdict against Walmart

In April 2019, a jury in a California federal court awarded plaintiffs over $6 million in damages for missed meal breaks. Hamilton et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. et al. (Case No. 5:17-cv-01415-AB-KK).  The case involved 5,000 employees who worked at Walmart’s fulfillment center in Chino, California.  Plaintiffs brought a class action against Walmart alleging violations of the Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) for failing to (1) pay for all hours worked, (2) pay all overtime wages, (3) provide meal periods, (4) provide rest breaks, (5) pay final wages, and (6) provide accurate itemized wage statements.  Plaintiffs also sought penalties under California’s Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”). In August 2018, the court certified six subclasses of the class action: Alternative Workweek subclass which was comprised of all current and former employees during the class period who were not paid overtime for working over eight hours…

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