Unpaid Overtime Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Ulta Cosmetics

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San Francisco, CA: A class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of three former California store managers of ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. ("ULTA"), alleging that ULTA incorrectly classified them as exempt from the overtime requirements of California labor law.

The lawsuit has been brought on behalf of all current and former store managers who have worked for ULTA in California from September 9, 2011 to the present.

ULTA sells cosmetics, haircare products, salon styling tools, skincare products, fragrance, and nail care products, and provides in-store salon services at most of its stores. As of August 1, 2015, the Company operated 817 stores in 48 states, including 97 stores in California.

According to the complaint, "Because Defendant allocates insufficient staff hours to each store, while simultaneously requiring [store managers] to perform the full gamut of customer service, sales, stocking, and cleaning tasks, Plaintiffs and Class Members are misclassified as exempt because they are forced to spend the majority of their working time performing the same non-managerial tasks being performed by non-exempt employees, such as Cashiers and Stock Associates. As a result, [store managers] work long hours and often skip their meal and rest breaks, without receiving any overtime compensation or compensation for missed meal and rest breaks."

The three named plaintiffs are former ULTA store managers, Jaimie Quinby, Linda Gomes and Eric Fontes, and are represented by Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld and The Liu Law Firm. The case is Quinby et al. v. ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc., U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Case 3:15-cv-04099.

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