A wage and hour overtime class action lawsuit was filed against Integrity Staffing online by a former employee assigned to the Amazon warehouse. The overtime lawsuit alleges that the employee was not paid for required time waiting at a security checkpoint at the end of the workday. Employees were assigned by Integrity Staffing to work at the Amazon.com warehouse.
The lead Plaintiff, Jesse Busk, worked at the Amazon warehouse from 2009 to 2010. Employees, including Jesse Busk, who worked in the Amazon company warehouse put in a full 12 hour shift. However, at the end of the workday, he was not allowed to walk out of the warehouse to parking lot and then drive home. Amazon had a warehouse security checkpoint to prevent employees from stealing goods and items out of the warehouse at the end of the day.
The Amazon warehouse checkpoint was not offensive in itself, but it was the long wait in line to through the checkpoint that seemed unfair. Mr. Busk was "off the clock" and not being paid any wages for this waiting period, which could take up to thirty minutes after every shift. Not only was he not being paid any wages, but the overtime pay lawsuit alleges that he should have been receiving mandatory overtime pay.
Mr. Busk and a colleague have sued Integrity for back wages, claiming they were not paid for all the time they actually spent working. The lawsuit did not name Amazon as a party defendant. Based upon a recent court ruling, thousands of Amazon employees are now eligible to join the overtime pay lawsuit.
Mr. Busk earned $12.35 an hour working nights, $11.60 days, without health care or paid leave. As a warehouse picker, he spent his shift shuttling through the warehouse plucking products off the shelves for shipment to customers. As the months passed, he said the quotas grew more and more demanding. He was eventually laid off in a series of post-holiday staffing cuts for allegedly not picking products fast enough, he said.
Workers deserve to be paid for the time they spend waiting on the security line, Busk argued, because it's not by choice -- and because "you drove God knows how far to this place, and you just worked 12 hours."
Similar overtime pay lawsuits are being filed throughout the United States in a number of occupations and industries. Many employees are being required to punch the clock early, skip a lunch break, or stay after work hours without compensation or overtime pay. To see if you are eligible to participate in a wage and hour lawsuit for unpaid overtime benefits, contact our qualified overtime pay lawsuit attorneys today at (800) 606-1717 to get started on your case.