Federated Department Stores has agreed to settle charges that it denied meal and rest breaks to Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department store employees. According to the settlement, Federated will pay $25 million to 200,000 employees.
The lawsuit claimed that Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s denied 30-minute rest breaks and extra wage options to nonunion employees who routinely worked more than five hours per day.
Judge Carolyn Kuhl in Los Angeles Superior Court gave preliminary approval of the settlement. Nonunion employees who worked at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores in California between June 14, 2001, and Feb. 3, 2008, are eligible for a share of the settlement. The final approval hearing is set for Jan. 27.