Rocky Mount-based Premier Warehousing Ventures is being sued over pay practices at its former facility in Jurupa Valley, Calif. Premier no longer operates the facility, but current and former employees have filed a lawsuit alleging wage-and-hour violations dating back to 2003.
Premier was already in hot water with California officials after an inspection revealed it hadn’t provided clear, itemized totals of payroll deductions and kept faulty pay records, in violation of California law. Those errors resulted in fines totaling $600,000 from the California Department of Industrial Relations.
The lawsuit against Premier and current facility owner, Schneider Logistics, could involve more than 1,000 workers. They seek back wages, including overtime pay and compensation for missed breaks. Lawyers for the plaintiffs estimated the total damages could exceed $10 million.
Premier also faces a separate class-action suit from former employees over claims that plant supervisors refused to allow workers to take mandated breaks and often fired workers for frivolous reasons.
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