In August 2020, ExxonMobile and Torrance Refining Company agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by multiple employees in 2018.
The settlement, which comes after employees accused the companies of denying hourly workers law-mandated off-the-clock breaks, will require the two oil companies to pay $4.4 million.
According to the lawsuit, the Torrance Exxon Refinery in California routinely denied hourly employees rest breaks, even though they worked 12-hour shifts. Under California labor laws, employees must be allowed one 10-minute break for every four hours worked. The plaintiffs stated that they were always required to have their radios on and, therefore, were never off-duty.
The plaintiffs also complained that they were not paid for their time spent working while they should have been on a rest break. They demanded that Exxon and Torrance pay hourly employees their owed wages, damages, and legal fees associated with the class-action lawsuit.
The settlement, which was agreed to in late August, will include more than 300 Torrance Exxon Refinery employees. Each employee is expected to receive approximately $9,500 from the settlement. Although they have agreed to settle, neither ExxonMobile nor Torrance has admitted fault or wrongdoing.
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In California, employees who share a common complaint against their employer can file a class-action lawsuit to hold the company accountable. Class-action employment lawsuits often accuse employers of unfair employee compensation and other wrongful actions. When a settlement is reached, the class employees can receive their owed wages and protect future employees from similar misconduct by the employer.
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