According to Law360 (subscription required), Claire’s Boutiques Inc. has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by managers in its California stores.

The company was accused of not providing sufficient breaks for approximately 1,375 current and former employees, in violation of California labor laws.

The plaintiffs claimed that Claire’s Boutiques improperly withheld compensation in violation of California labor laws by substituting employees’ base hourly rate for their regular rate. Because the plaintiffs earn bonuses and incentive awards based on hourly wages, they argued that Claire’s wrongfully excluded this compensation and denied them overtime pay. They also alleged that the company did not provide sufficient rest periods for workers.

Employers across the U.S. are required to follow overtime requirements established by state employments laws and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. If you have been denied wages and overtime pay, the attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Employment Litigation Group are available to discuss your situation and right to recover compensation from your employer. Please contact us today.