Pep Boys stiffs its mechanics out of overtime and doesn’t pay them for all the hours they work, according to a class action lawsuit filed in California Superior Court.
“Pep Boys engaged in a practice of paying mechanics for hours ‘flagged’ or billed to the customer based on the work performed, rather than paying for all hours the mechanics were on-duty and under the control of their employer,” the class action lawsuit says. As a result, Pep Boys mechanics did not earn minimum wage, regular wages or overtime wages during periods when they were required to clean, prepare their stations, wait for vehicles to repair, and/or perform tasks unrelated to the repair of vehicles, which frequently occurred.
The Pep Boys wage class action lawsuit charges the company with systematically violating California wage and hour laws by:
- requiring non-exempt mechanic employees to work more than 8 hours per day without paying proper overtime compensation;
- failing to pay these employees the mandatory minimum wage for each hour worked;
- failing to compensate these employees for hand tools and equipment used or alternatively pay double minimum wage for each hour worked;
- failing to pay all wages due and owing when an employee quits or was terminated; and
- failing to maintain accurate itemized records.
The Pep Boys wage class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of all current and former hourly, non-exempt mechanics employed by Pep Boys in California within the last four years. It is seeking, among other things, to recover unpaid wages and benefits, interest, attorneys’ fees, penalties, and costs and expenses.
A copy of the Pep Boys Mechanic Wage Class Action Lawsuit can be read here.
The case is Raymond Gonzalez v. Pep Boys, Case No. RIC 1203286, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Riverside.
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