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$50M class-action lawsuit filed for non-payment of overtime

Many California readers who enjoy beer may think that being a distributor would be a fun job. A group of drivers from another state claim that their job was far from entertaining and, many times, unprofitable. They allege that they were the victims of wage theft and have turned to the law to help them get the payment that they believe they are owed.

The plaintiffs work for Manhattan Beer Distributors, which is one of the largest beer distributors in that state. They claim that even though they worked more than 10 hours per day, they were not given any overtime. According to the lawyers of the plaintiffs, the company has violated federal and state labor laws.

However, this was not the only problem that the drivers faced. The drivers allege that they were fearful of making any mistakes because their pay would be docked. The plaintiffs claim that they could have deductions in their pay from such things as missing wooden pallets and parking tickets. If any beer was missing, the plaintiffs were allegedly charged the retail price instead of wholesale.

The drivers filed their class-action lawsuit against the company in a federal court. The plaintiffs hope that the court finds in their favor of their $50 million claim that will award them with lost income, statutory penalties and restitution. Some California workers are not aware of their rights and may not realize that they are being victimized. Workers who notice suspicious deductions in their pay or are not receiving payment for overtime hours should consult with someone who is knowledgeable in employment law to help them pursue any appropriate claims.

Source: New York Post, "Beer workers file class-action lawsuit", Lia Eustachewich View, Sept. 18, 2015

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