Amazon Employees Sued Their Employer for Missing Overtime Payments

Amazon Employees Sued Their Employer for Missing Overtime Payments


Few of the Amazon Employees Sued Their Employer for not paying them overtime wages. A lawsuit was filed saying Amazon is liable for loss of wages and compensation for “failing to pay overtime wages, failing to premium wages for missed rest. The lawsuit claims that a lot of workers are showing up for their 10-hour workdays but are working more than the 10-hour shift they’re scheduled for.

A worker at an Amazon shipping center in Sacramento County said he was regularly denied overtime wages and compensation for missed meals and rest breaks during long shifts.

Amazon’s shipping center in Sacramento denied Workers regular breaks, time to travel from the clock-in area to their workstation and overtime pay during regular shifts of 10-plus hours, according to a legal complaint filed this week.

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The complaint was filed against Amazon and Golden State FC, LLC, a joint venture that runs several fulfillment centers for Amazon in Sacramento, the Central Valley, and San Bernardino.

State law entitles employees who work for eight hours or more are entitled to 10-minute breaks every four hours. Employees who work a five-hour shift or longer are entitled to a 30-minute unpaid meal break.

As part of the law, workers must be allowed to take the full break time, not including travel time to or from a designated break area, but travel time is still an issue in workplace complaints.

One of the employees also complained that due to the size of the fulfillment center where he worked, walk time was a problem that contributed to longer workdays and unpaid time.

If an employer fails to provide an employee with the requisite rest period, according to state law, the business would then be required to pay the employee one additional hour for each workday the person was denied a rest period.

Amazon’s warehouses have a reputation as often grueling environments for the workers who pick, pack and load orders there. Managers are pushed hard, too, according to the plaintiff in a new lawsuit against the internet retailer.

But Supreme Court has ruled out that Amazon doesn’t have to pay for after-hours time in security lines. The Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling that found in favor of warehouse workers, who alleged they spent up to 25 minutes waiting through security checks at the end of their shifts.

While most of the entry-level workers at Amazon’s warehouses, known as associates, are eligible for overtime pay, salaried managers are not under Amazon policy.

Amazon is investing considerable resources into developing a delivery network that can compete with its current partners like UPS and FedEx. Having its own distribution hubs and fleets of vehicles (not to mention aircraft and drones) is a long-term goal for the company, but reaching the goal won’t be without its challenges.

Amazon’s most recent logistics a headache, though, is a decidedly low-tech stumbling block, an Amazon spokeswoman, said the company would not comment on pending litigation.