In California and across the United States, there is often disagreement between employers and employees over wages during training. If an employer does not pay employees when they are legally required to do so, it could be the basis for a legal filing to recover compensation. A recent case involving a pizza chain has resulted in a settlement proposal.
The claim involved workers for Papa John’s. They asserted that the company committed labor law violations by failing to compensate employees for necessary training. It was a class-action suit. The settlement must be approved by a federal judge in the state. In the lawsuit, workers said they were obligated to take part in training. The course was online and was supposed to be done when they were not on the clock.
The workers believed they were entitled to compensation. The company’s website bolstered their position as it says employees must be paid for time they spend training. The workers said failure to pay was in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In the settlement proposal, workers who were negatively impacted will receive a total of $3.4 million. Corporate employees who were impacted will get up to $166. If the workers were employed at a franchise location, they will get gift cards worth $50. More than 100 employees decided to take part in the class action case.
Often, workers are unaware that they are required to receive compensation for training and other work-related obligations. They might even be concerned that if they protest not being paid for training, they might fall into disfavor with the employer. It is important for employees to understand their rights and what steps can be taken. Contacting a law firm experienced in wage and hour cases may help.