Coffman Legal’s FLSA Overtime Attorneys filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against The Paradies Shops, LLC aka Paradies Lagardere (hereafter “Paradies”) for allegedly instituting an automatic meal deduction policy with no genuine mechanism to reverse the meal deduction. Paradies applied the automatic meal deduction to reduce employees’ compensable time worked and to avoid paying overtime wages. The policy or practice resulted in not accurately or fully paying employees for their hard-earned wages and overtime pursuant to FLSA. We have previously blogged about automatic meal deductions here.
On May 22, 2020, the law firm of Coffman Legal, LLC filed a Collective and Class Action Complaint against Defendant The Paradies Shops, LLC on behalf of hourly Paradies employees for the alleged failure of Paradies to properly compensate its employees for all wages and overtime wages they earned in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
The Complaint alleges that Paradies instituted an automatic thirty (30) minutes meal deduction for its employees, whether the employees actually took a bona fide meal break or not. A bona fide meal period is “not worktime. Bona fide meal periods do not include coffee breaks or time for snacks. These are rest periods. The employee must be completely relieved from duty for the purposes of eating regular meals. … The employee is not relieved if he is required to perform any duties, whether active or inactive, while eating.”
Under the FLSA, employers should only deduct a meal break if the employees have a bona fide meal period – fully uninterrupted by work. In order for the meal break to constitute a bona fide meal period under the law, employees must be completely relieved of their job duties. Employers are also required to accurately record working time to ensure employees they are being paid for all time worked. The Complaint alleges that employees at Paradies were often be unable to take a meal break or otherwise had their meal breaks interrupted by work.
Paradies’s conduct resulted in employees not being compensated for all hours and overtime worked in violation of the FLSA. The lawsuit seeks unpaid overtime wages since May 22, 2017, liquidated damages in an amount equal to the unpaid overtime, attorney’s fees, and costs, among other things.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division (Columbus) and is titled Bailey v. The Paradies Shops, LLC, Case No. 2:20-cv-2610.
Additional information about the collective and class action against Paradies may be found by contacting our office by calling 1-614-949-1181 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about whether you are being provided a bona fide meal break or whether you are properly being paid for all of the compensable hours you work, then contact our office today to speak with our Overtime Attorneys regarding any wage and hour issues.