Southern California Edison Co. has agreed to pay a $1.75 million settlement to end a class action lawsuit brought by call center employees, according to Law360 (subscription required). The employees alleged violations of California labor code statutes and the state’s Unfair Competition Law.
The plaintiff class of 1,100 workers claimed that Southern California Edison Co. knowingly required call center employees to work off the clock for approximately 10 minutes per day by having them boot up and power down computers and software without allowing them to “clock in” for the time needed for these activities. Under the settlement, all individual class members will receive average compensation of $1,000 each.
State labor laws and the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act state that hourly employees are entitled to fair compensation for all the time they put in on the job. If you believe you have been unfairly denied wages and overtime, please contact the attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Employment Litigation Group to discuss your situation.