Thousands of cashiers, clerks, bakers and other hourly employees received the go-ahead for a class-action suit against the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, the Food Emporium and Waldbaum’s, all part of parent company A&P, for unpaid overtime dating back to 1998.
The lawsuit claims A&P didn’t just overlook some breaks but systematically forced employees to work off-the-clock, and even manipulated time cards to avoid paying overtime.
Back-wage lawsuits are a fast growing segment of workplace litigation. Prohibit your hourly employees from doing any work off-the-clock. Even five minutes here and there worked while an employee is clocked out can add up to a back-wage suit against your company. The Fair Labor Standards Act allows employees to get twice their lost wages for up to two years—three years if the violation was willful. And state law is equally tough.