California employees may be interested to learn that two Dollar General employees in Tennessee claimed that the retailer violated federal labor law by forcing them to work during their unpaid lunches. Other plaintiffs who may be entitled to overtime pay or other wages are being sought to be included in the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the two women, who were both supervisors at their store, were forced to perform duties when off the clock. Though working while off the clock was clearly prohibited in their employee handbook, the two women were told that it was company policy. They claim that other employees were allowed to leave the store during their unpaid lunch periods. The lawsuit also claims that Dollar General executives and managers knew that the two women were forced to work off the clock but did nothing to stop it.

This is the second major lawsuit filed against the retailer. In June, Dollar General was sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which claimed that the retailer had a nationwide hiring discrimination against black applicants. They claim that this practice has been going on for nearly a decade.

Employers may attempt to pay their employees less by using several tactics. In some cases, employees are misclassified so that they are paid a salary in order to avoid paying overtime. An experienced California attorney may be able to help their clients obtain compensation for unpaid work by taking legal action against the employers. If more than one employee is facing unpaid overtime or for being forced to work while off the clock, the attorney may chose to file a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the employees.

Source: The Tennessean, “Dollar General violated labor law, suit claims”, Bobby Allyn, July 03, 2013