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Janitors may strike if not given payment for overtime and wages

Making ends meet can be difficult during a recession. Workers in California and elsewhere expect that they will be paid appropriately so that they can support their families and pay their bills. When this does not happen, it can bring hardship upon the employees' families. In order to collect payment for the money that they believe to be owed, workers may have to turn to the legal system.

Large retailers such as Macy's, Target and Kohl's may be affected by an impending strike from their janitors. The maintenance workers that clean the stores are hired from a third party cleaning company that is allegedly not paying the workers properly. As many as eight companies could feel the impact if the affected class does not find a resolution.

According to their class action complaint, the janitors are not paid the state minimum wage and have received wages as low as $4 to $5 per hour. The plaintiffs further allege that when they worked over 40 hours they were not given overtime. They also accuse the cleaning services company of not accurately reporting the number of hours that they worked and lowering the number of shifts to cut payroll costs.

The plaintiffs were purportedly forced to buy their own cleaning supplies and were not reimbursed for the purchases. They were also required to travel between stores during their shifts, but they claim that they were not given payment for their travel time. Similarly situated California workers who find discrepancies in their pay checks and are not provided a satisfactory resolution may investigate the possibility of pursuing legal recourse to seek a monetary judgment for the money to which they believe to be entitled.

Source: minnesota.cbslocal.com, "Macy's, Herberger's Janitors Sue Employer, Threaten To Strike", May 20, 2015

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