Hospitality Industry Employment Risks: California Hotel Settles "Wage And Hour Lawsuit" For $2.5 Million; Over 400% Increase In Collective Actions Filed Nationally Since 2000

The case included allegations claiming that the hotel failed to pay employees for the time spent preparing for work and putting on and taking off uniforms that were required to be left at the hotel. Workers also alleged that they were required to fill out time sheets saying they took breaks whether they did or not.

The Hilton Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport has agreed to pay its workers $2.5 million to settle a  lawsuit alleging that the hotel withheld wages, did not pay overtime and failed to provide meal and rest breaks to about 1,200 workers, union officials said Tuesday.

The suit, filed in 2008, covers all hourly employees who worked at the hotel at 5711 W. Century Blvd. from 2004 to 2011. With more than 1,230 guest rooms, the Hilton Los Angeles Airport is one of the largest hotels in Los Angeles.

Nationally, more than 7,000 collective actions were filed in federal court in 2011 alleging wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, an approximately 400% increase since 2000.

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