More than 1,600 current and former pharmacists employed by CVS Pharmacy Inc. will share in a $7.4 million settlement recently approved by a California state court.

According to Law 360 (subscription required), the pharmacists claim they were wrongfully denied overtime compensation in violation of the California Labor Code and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Specifically, they allege that they were required to work more than six days in a row without being paid time-and-a-half for the hours worked on the seventh day, a policy CVS still maintains.

This settlement involves three separate class action suits filed in 2013, and is part of a larger $12.8 million settlement.  The average pharmacist will receive $2,846 depending on the number of weeks worked during the settlement period.

Failure to pay overtime compensation is illegal yet is still a common practice in the workplace. If you suspect you have been the victim of wage theft, please contact the attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Employment Litigation Group today – we’re here to help.