$97 Million Dollar Judgement to Wells Fargo Employees for Unlawful Rest Breaks
On May 8, 2018, the Central District of California awarded more than $97 million to home mortgage consultants and private mortgage bankers employed by Wells Fargo that were denied rest breaks between 2013 and 2017. The court found that Wells Fargo was not only liable for wages owed based on their workers’ hourly rate, but also based on the commissions and other nondiscretionary pay earned when the violations took place. This decision is significant as the consultants and bankers will nearly quadruple their recovery from Wells Fargo, raising their total damages from $24.5 million to $97 million.
California State law provides that an employer must permit employees to take a rest break of 10 minutes for every 4 hours worked. If an employer fails to provide an employee with a rest break, the employer shall pay the employee one additional hour of pay at an employee’s regular rate of compensation. Workers who believe that they are not being provided proper rest breaks, or are subject to other workplace violations, should seek legal counsel to analyze their potential legal claims.
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About Patrick J. Collopy
Patrick J. Collopy is an Associate in Faruqi & Faruqi’s New York office and focuses his practice on employment law and wage and hour class action litigation.