December 27, 2017
Authored by: Bryan Cave and Traci Choi
Pier 1 Import has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of about 9,300 retail store associates in California. The lawsuit alleged the company owed workers pay for when they are scheduled to call the store to ask if they should report for work or stay home.
California requires employers to provide “reporting time pay” to employees. Employers must provide a few hours of pay when an employee reports to work for a scheduled shift but is dismissed a short time later because business is slow.
The complaint alleged that Pier 1 violated this law by requiring employees to call in one to two hours before the scheduled shift. Employees complained that the call-in shifts were mandatory, and required employees to schedule their time around the possibility that they may work after a call-in shift. Pier 1 Import has since discontinued the scheduling