$12M Victoria's Secret Unpaid Overtime Class Action Settlement Reached

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Santa Clara, CA: A $12 million settlement deal has received preliminary approval potentially ending an employment class action lawsuit pending against Victoria’s Secret Stores. About 40,000 Victoria's Secret employees are represented in the lawsuit. They allege the lingerie retailer shortchanged its clerks’ pay by scheduling "call-in" shifts, and failed to appropriately pay its clerks when they left the company.

The initial unpaid wages and overtime lawsuit was filed in 2014 by a former store employee, Mayra Casas, who claimed workers were expected to call in two hours before some shifts to see if they were required to work and then not compensated in any way if their supervisor determined they were not needed.

The $12 million will be paid to class members who worked in Victoria’s Secret California stores and were classified as non-exempt from overtime pay, according to the settlement filed in June.

As a result of this class action, other retailers, including the defendant, have changed policies that require workers to block off time for a shift they may not even work, the employees said in their motion.

"This case not only brought about significant positive change for the thousands of hourly employees of VS, it also played a role in doing so for literally hundreds of thousands of retail employees across the country," the plaintiffs state.

The case is Mayra Casas v. Victoria's Secret Stores LLC, case number 2:14-cv-06412, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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