This lawsuit alleges that individuals whom Defendants employed as non-exempt employees and who provided support for the oil refinery operations of Defendants’ clients, between November 6, 2014 and November 20, 2020 were not provided meal and rest breaks, were not compensated for all hours worked, were not paid minimum, straight time, overtime, or double time wages, were not paid all wages due upon termination, were not provided timely and compliant itemized wage statements, and were not reimbursed for necessary business expenses. lawsuit seeks recovery of unpaid wages, statutory damages, civil penalties under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), restitution, interest, attorneys’ fees and costs. The claims in this lawsuit are brought under federal and California law.
Defendants contend that they have strong legal and factual defenses to these claims, but they recognize the risks, distractions, and costs associated with litigation. Defendants contend that the wage and hour policies and practices at issue, including those regarding payment for time worked, overtime pay, meal breaks, rest breaks, and expense reimbursement, are lawful and have been lawful throughout the relevant time period. Defendants also contend that Plaintiff’s claims do not meet the requirements for class certification.
This Settlement is the result of good faith, arm’s length negotiations between Plaintiff and Defendants, through their respective attorneys. Both sides agree that in light of the risks and expenses associated with continued litigation, this Settlement is fair and appropriate under the circumstances, and in the best interests of the California Class Members. This Settlement is a compromise and is not an admission of liability on the part of Defendants.
The Court has not ruled on the merits of Plaintiff’s claims or Defendants’ defenses.
The Settlement Administrator has created a Settlement website, which can be accessed at www.BroadspectrumSettlement.com. The Settlement website allows interested persons to view the Settlement Agreement, all papers filed by Class Counsel to obtain Court approval of the Settlement Agreement, and the Notice of Settlement (in generic form) here. The Settlement website also provides contact information for Class Counsel and the Settlement Administrator.