A former employee of Cushman & Wakefield (through C&W Facility Services) initiated a lawsuit for unpaid meal breaks claiming that he and other maintenance employees were regularly unable to enjoy bona fide meal periods.
The case claims that maintenance employees were often too busy to take 30 minutes of time to enjoy a meal break without interruption by work duties. Instead, maintenance employees would often eat on-the-go or otherwise missed meal breaks.
C&W Facility Services, Inc. (“C&W” or “Cushman & Wakefield”) provides facility maintenance, cleaning, and related services for businesses and organizations throughout the United States.
The Complaint claims that C&W (frequently known as Cushman & Wakefield) has a companywide policy of requiring a meal break deduction from its employees’ daily hours worked. These maintenance employees allege that they were either unable to take their meal break or it was otherwise interrupted because C&W required maintenance employees to prioritize repairing machinery and equipment over taking their full meal breaks.
The Complaint states that hourly maintenance employees did not receive a bona fide meal break because they were not completely relieved from their job duties.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division (Columbus) and is titled Knecht v. C&W Facility Services, Inc., Case No. 2:20-cv-3899.
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