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$1.9M Settlement Reached in Pharmavite California Donning and Doffing Class Action Lawsuit

This is a settlement for the California Donning and Doffing lawsuit.

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Santa Clara, CA: A $1.9 million settlement has received preliminary approval in a California donning and doffing class action lawsuit that alleges state and federal labor violations by supplement maker Pharmavite LLC.

The putative class members number approximately 1,000 California workers. They allege they were required to wear full uniforms while working at Pharmavite. This meant that workers had to use changing rooms, which would get backed up and create a waiting line, which would increase the employees’ time.

The lawsuit was filed in October 2015 by Kevin A. Herrera on behalf of former and current Pharmavite employees who alleged they were shorted on their wages because Pharmavite didn’t pay employees changing in and out of clothes prior to their shift, during meals and after their shift. Additionally, the complaint alleges Pharmavite provided employees with inaccurate wage statements and untimely payment of unpaid wages following separation of employment.

According to court documents, Herrera was a non-exempt supplement manufacturing worker with Pharmavite from November 2010 to July 2015. Company estimates suggest there were roughly 1,000 non-exempt hourly employees in California during the class period of October 2011 to the present.

Pharmavite manufactures vitamins, minerals and health supplements through brands like Nature Made and Food State, according to the motion for preliminary approval.

The case, which requires final court approval, is Kevin A. Herrera v. Pharmavite LLC, number BC599201, in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles.

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