75 million to workers in bathroom break lawsuit
Philadelphia Firm to pay up after making workers clock out for bathroom.
A Pennsylvania company that publishes business newsletters will pay about $1.75 million to thousands of employees who had to clock out while going on short breaks, including for the bathroom.
The Department of Labor filed a lawsuit in 2012 claiming the company violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act because employees weren’t earning minimum wage when the company required them to clock out for breaks.cheap jerseys
“For far too long, American Future Systems, [Progresive's parent company,] penalized its employees for taking breaks to meet the most basic needs during the work day stretching their legs, getting a glass of water or just using the restroom,” saidJim Cain, district director for the department’s Wage and Hour Division, in a statement.
The court also ruled the company failed to keep proper record keeping requirements. Both the lack of records and the unpaid breaks are considered violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, reported the Philadelphia Business Journal.