BISNAR | CHASE Compiles Labor Law Violation Complaints Against Taco Bell for Class Action Certification
California employment lawyers, BISNAR | CHASE, have been documenting declarations of over 18,000 current and former Taco Bell and Yum! Brands employees who claim that the their employers have failed to properly compensate for wages. The consolidated class-action complaint against the defendants seeks damages in excess of $5 million.
Taco Bell Allegedly Violates California Labor Laws
Sandrika Medlock is a former Taco Bell shift manager who placed the first of thousands of complaints against the company. The list of violations mainly concern improper or failed wage compensation and lack of company protocol which informs employees of how to place reimbursement requests.
Taco Bell faces allegations of violating California labor laws which require employers to pay their employees overtime compensation, to pay employees immediately and in full when a worker has been let go or left of his or her own accord, to compensate employees for work related expenses including errands, travel, required clothing and shoes, parking or mileage, to compensate for lack of meal or rest periods, and to provide employees with a proper itemized wage statement which documents exact earnings.
“It’s troubling for Taco Bell and its affiliates to think it can violate clear and obvious employment laws without legal ramifications,” said Brian Chase, senior partner of BISNAR | CHASE. “What’s even more troubling is how pervasive and blatant the company violated even the most fundamental labor statutes, such as failing to compensate employees for lunch breaks and rest periods.”
Violations May Go Beyond California’s Borders
Because the employee manual provides no steps for employees to submit requests for reimbursement, Brian Chase is concerned that this violation may be company-wide, and not just an issue at California Taco Bell establishments.
“Due to the lack of reimbursement procedures in its employee manual, we can only presume this was a uniform policy that encompassed all Taco Bell restaurants,” said Chase.
The class action request is pending in the Eastern District Court of California, Fresno Division.
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