A class-action lawsuit against Walmart is moving forward in California after a federal judge expelled Walmart’s motion for dismissal.
The lawsuit, initially filed by Nickolas T., accuses Walmart of violating California labor laws by knowingly miscalculating employees’ sick pay.
Plaintiffs state that the retail corporation did not include employee bonuses when calculating sick pay; Walmart allegedly used employees’ base pay instead of their wage rate.
This shortchanged the employees because it decreased the amount of sick pay they were eligible for. The wronged workers assert that Walmart did not perform this calculation by mistake but willfully and intentionally.
Additionally, the lawsuit argues that the class members are owed waiting time penalties. Under the California Labor Code, employers must pay employees all owed wages at the time of employment termination.
Employees are entitled to waiting time compensation if they do not receive this money in ample time. Since they did not receive their full proper sick pay when they left Walmart, the plaintiffs state that this labor code provision applies to them.
The plaintiffs believe the lawsuit is eligible for up to a $7.6 million payout from Walmart.
The class asks other California Walmart employees who have left the retailer since 2017 to join the case; an estimated 6,000 prior employees are eligible to join the class-action lawsuit.
A statement from Walmart declares that the company believes it fairly calculates sick pay under California labor law. The retailer has not admitted any fault.
Nickolas T. said this is not the first time Walmart has wronged him. He is also looking to represent military servicemen and women who did not receive pay during short military leaves.
According to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Walmart is required to offer employees paid military leave.
The sick pay lawsuit is currently in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Although United State District Judge Roger Benitez sided with the Class in allowing the lawsuit to move forward, he said that the employees will still need to prove their case in court.
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