(CN) - The staffing company Adecco failed to compensate employees when they missed meal and rest periods, a class alleges in court.
Incorporated in 1997 as a subsidiary of Adecco SA, Adecco USA Inc. has offices in San Diego and employs more than 33,000 people, the 27-page complaint states.
Artin Nazarain, the lead plaintiff in the complaint, allegedly worked for Adecco in California from November 2013 to July 2014.
He says Adecco classified him as a nonexempt employee, paid on an hourly basis, thus entitling him to meal and rest periods, under the California Labor Code and the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order.
"During the California class period, defendant from time to time failed to provide the legally required off-duty meal breaks and also failed to correctly provide rest breaks to the plaintiff and the other California class members as required by the applicable wage order and labor code," the complaint states. "Plaintiff and other California class members paid on an hourly basis were required to perform work as ordered by the defendant for more than five (5) hours during a shift without receiving a meal break as evidenced by defendant's business records. Defendant failed to correctly compensate plaintiff and other California class members when they missed their meal and rest breaks. Defendant did not have a policy or practice which correctly provided meal and rest periods to the plaintiff and the other California class members."
Nazarain says Adecco also had a habit of improperly calculating "compensation for the time worked by the plaintiff and the other members of the California labor sub-class, even though defendant enjoyed the benefit of this work, required employees to perform this work and permitted or suffered to permit this work."
Norman Blumenthal with Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik, of La Jolla, represents the class.
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