Employees Subjected to Off-the-Clock Security Searches & Missed Breaks
PHILADELPHIA – Oct. 17, 2007 – Eric L. Young, Esq., filed a lawsuit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of a class of current and former Best Buy employees alleging violations of Pennsylvania state labor laws. The lawsuit contends, among other things, that Pennsylvania employees at 25 Pennsylvania Bets Buy stores are subjected to off-the-clock security checks at the end of each shift which can take up to 15 minutes. It also accuses the Richfield, Minnesota-based company of forcing employees to work through meal and rest breaks without compensation.
The suit filed by Eric L. Young, Esq. and its co-counsel, Lowey, Dannenberg, Bemporad, Selinger & Cohen, alleges that after clocking out, employees are required to wait in line at a security checkpoint along with customers and submit to a search. Employees who work the closing shift are subjected to the longest waits since store policy dictates that all employees gather at the front of the store before beginning security checks.
“Workers are not being paid for mandatory searches which frequently add up to a half hour or more a week per employee,” said Eric L. Young.
The suit also maintains that employees are routinely required to work during paid meal and/or rest breaks.
For more information about the lawsuit contact Eric L. Young at 215-367-5151.