Rock of Wages: Employee Sues Guitar Center for Wage-and-Hour Violations
On June 28, 2012, Victor Gomez sued his employer, Guitar Center Stores, Inc. for wage-and-hour violations. Mr. Gomez is suing the music store on behalf of all current and former non-exempt employees (employees who are legally entitled to overtime) that worked in Guitar Center’s California retail stores over the last four years. The complaint alleges meal and rest period violations, failure to pay employees for all hours worked, including overtime, requiring its employees to perform work off-the-clock, inaccurate recording of time worked, failure to maintain proper records, and falsifying hours worked.
This is not the first time that Guitar Center has been sued for employment violations. In 2005, the music megastore settled a class action suit filed by its employees alleging meal and rest period violations and off the clock pay claims. Likewise, in 2010, the company settled a class action alleging that it violated federal and state laws by failing to pay all compensation entitled to workers, including overtime. These are some of the very same claims being made by Mr. Gomez now. It remains to be seen whether Guitar Center will likewise settle the current action.
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