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State reaches settlement in Manpower case

In California, an $8.75-million agreement has been reached in the matter of more than 20,000 temporary workers who attested that Manpower Inc. did not pay them their wages in a timely manner. These employees also reported that they did not receive accurate wage statements from the company.

The class-action suit in this matter was open to former temporary employees as well as workers currently employed by the company during any time between Mar. 17, 2010, and Jan. 20, 2012, who were paid via payment cards, electronic submissions or mailed checks. The one exception to the class-action suit is people who were also employed by a franchisee of the company.

One of the chief complaints in the suit is that Manpower was mailing checks from Texas to workers in California without any regard for how long it would take for the funds to arrive. The checks were mailed on the stated pay date, and they would not be received by the workers for two to three days. The judge in this matter agreed with the workers that this type of activity could be in violation of the state's unfair competition law. The plaintiffs also alleged that the statements did not clarify the inclusive dates of the pay period for the work performed, and that made it difficult for the employees to verify if earnings were correct.

While this case involves large sums of money, many workers do not have to wait for a class-action suit to take steps against an employer who is violating the law. If workers believe they are entitled to overtime pay or have other questions, they can contact an attorney who offers services in labor law to learn more about their rights and options.

Source: Bloomberg BNA, "Court Preliminarily OKs $8.7 Million Deal Settling Manpower Workers' Wage Claims", Lisa Nagele, Jan. 6, 2015

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