Sacramento, CA: A employment class action lawsuit has been filed by Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik against Walgreen Co. ("Walgreens") alleging that the pharmacy chain violated California labor laws by routinely requiring its employees to undergo off-the-clock security inspections for which they were not compensated.
The suit alleges that Walgreens requires their employees "to clock out of their time keeping system and proceed to the front of the store in order to wait for and submit to a loss prevention inspection or 'bag check' by a member of [Walgreens'] management team."Furthermore, the wage and hour class action Complaint also asserts these security checks often added 10 minutes or more to employees' workdays for which they received no compensation for.
Founding partner of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug, & Bhowmik, Norman Blumenthal strongly suggests, "these inspections are clearly done for the benefit of the employer, and that the time it takes to complete them is therefore compensable,"he added, "employers who fail to pay for time worked during these loss prevention inspections are failing to pay all wages due to their employees, including overtime wages."
If you are a current or former employee of Walgreens, you may request to be included in the proposed class action suit. Hodach, et al. v. Walgreen Co., Case No. 34-2012-00123954, is currently pending in the Sacramento County Superior Court of California.
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They are still practicing this. You punch out head to the door and get a bag check.Their thought process if you get your bag checked before you punch out you will be passing merchandise and you can put something it there without paying for it.
Posted by Jennifer Hunt
I've never heard that bag checks be done on clock. Employee bag checks are usually done right before they head out build off clock.
Posted by Alissa
They do this in Wisconsin, I checked and it is illegal.
Posted by jean byrd
I don't know when this lawsuit took place or what the results were but they still practice this I work at a walgreens and we have to clock out and go to front and have our bags checked. I think we should have the bags checked first then clock out, simple. but it is frustrating that they don't trust their own employees, but customers set the eas alarm off all day and nothing is done.
Posted by Mary G. Beck
I have been employed for 5 years- at the end of the shift if I purchased items I was required to have a "bag check" after clocking out and prior to leaving building
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