In 2018, two Burlington Coat Factory employees filed a class-action lawsuit against their employer.
The case complained of Burlington Coat Factory failing to pay hourly workers their full earned wages and overtime compensation.
The plaintiffs accused the discount retailer of forcing employees to work without pay during their meal breaks.
Burlington Coat Factory has agreed to pay $3 million to settle the lawsuit. On August 21, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted its initial approval of the settlement, but the court will not make a final ruling until March 1, 2021.
As of the August 2020 ruling, the retailer will pay almost $2 million to settle the plaintiff’s unpaid wages and another $1.27 million toward the employees’ payroll taxes.
The attorneys who have represented the plaintiffs are expected to receive $750,000 compensation for their work. The attorneys could also collect up to $50,000 for expenses. Further, Burlington Coat Factory will pay $270,000 in fines and administrative fees.
Judge to Reevaluate Some Settlement Details
Although Burlington Coat Factory has agreed to pay the $3 million settlement, U.S. District Court Judge Jesus G. Bernal said that the court will reevaluate the settlement breakdown before March 1.
The judge questioned the money owed to the two initial plaintiffs. The lead plaintiffs in a class-action settlement would typically be paid an additional sum for their time and involvement in the lawsuit.
According to the judge, the two lead plaintiffs in this case did not provide evidence of their time spent involved with the litigation and mediation. Judge Bernal urged the plaintiffs to provide more details if they wish to receive the additional $7,500 currently slated for each of them.
Judge Bernal will also reevaluate the attorneys’ expense compensation. In the initial settlement approval, he noted that $50,000 is “on the high end of cost limits allowed in similar class actions.”
Who Is Part of the Class?
Any current or former Burlington Coat Factory temporary hourly employees who worked at least one shift a week in a Burlington Coat Factory California distribution center between February 27, 2014, and August 22, 2020, are included in the settlement.
Class Action Lawsuit Attorneys in California
Members of a class-action lawsuit are employees with similar complaints against their employer. In filing a class-action lawsuit in California, employees can accuse their employer of workplace misconduct and unfair pay or overtime compensation.
Class-action employment lawsuits help members of the class receive their earned compensation and protect future employees from harm.
The California class action attorneys at Workplace Rights Law Group are passionate about representing plaintiffs in class-action cases. With nearly 75 years of combined employment law experience, our attorneys have the expertise to take on big companies like Burlington Coat Factory.
To determine if you have a valid claim, please contact our knowledgeable employment attorneys at 818-844-5200.