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Kitchen cabinet firm closes door on wage-and-hour suit

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A federal judge in Northern California has granted preliminary approval to a settlement reached between U.S. Remodelers Inc. and 270 current and former workers who sued the company for wage-and-hour violations.

Based in Texas, U.S. Remodelers is one of the nation’s largest kitchen cabinet companies.

The employees, who worked as installers, said U.S. Remodelers did not pay them for travel time and other off-the-clock time that wasn’t directly related to installation duties. They also claimed that they were denied meal periods and that they weren’t reimbursed for business expenses.

Under the terms of the settlement, U.S. Remodelers will pay $1.8 million, including $1.1 million that will go directly to the employees.

If all the employees submit claims, the workers will receive about $4,000 each.

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