Taco Bell Faces Class Action Complaint for Violating Labor Laws

November 10th 2010 by

California employment lawyers, BISNAR | CHASE, are compiling the declarations of more than 18,000 current and former Taco Bell and Yum! Brands employees, that describe various instances of labor law violations committed by the company. Failing to compensate managers and assistant senior managers for overtime, work-related travel expenses, and breaks are among the complaints.

An original complaint was made and brought against the defendants by former Taco Bell shift manager, Sandrika Medlock. Soon after, thousands of people came forward with information revealing that the defendants had allegedly broken a range of California labor laws.

Taco Bell’s violations in question include:

Failure to pay employees overtime compensation when they exceeded the normal work day.

Failure to pay an employee his or her wages in full immediately after the employee was let go, or within 72 hours if the employee left the company voluntarily.

Failure to provide its employees with itemized wage statements that document the exact earnings.

Allegedly requirement of employees to work through meal and rest periods without added compensation.

Failure to compensate workers for their work-related expenses, including travel and dress code requirements like shoes and clothes.

Brian Chase, senior partner at BISNAR | CHASE, explains, “It’s troubling for Taco Bell and its affiliates to think it can violate clear and obvious employment laws without legal ramifications. What’s even more troubling is how pervasive and blatant the company violated even the most fundamental labor statutes, such as failing to compensate employees for lunch breaks and rest periods.”

Taco Bell Violations May be Company-Wide

California’s wage and hour labor codes require employers to reimburse employees for all business-related expenses. The complaints show that Taco Bell employees have requested reimbursement for things such as running errands for the company or parking and mileage costs incurred while at work, but have been denied. After inquiries as to why Taco Bell violated these fundamental state labor laws, it became evident that the Taco Bell employee manual did not even provide any information on how employees could submit requests for reimbursement.

“Due to the lack of reimbursement procedures in its employee manual, we can only presume this was a uniform policy that encompassed all Taco Bell restaurants,” said Chase.

The complaint seeks damages over $5 million for all unpaid wage compensation and attorneys’ fees and court costs. The class action request is pending in the Eastern District Court of California, Fresno Division.

9 Responses to “Taco Bell Faces Class Action Complaint for Violating Labor Laws”

  1. Chris Sherman says:

    Do you have anything on Florida? My wife just worked 7 hours without getting a break.

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  3. Susan Sturgill says:

    My daughter works at Taco Bell in New Mexico and always works 7.5 or more hours a day and is repeatedly denied any breaks during that time. Going that long with out eating is causing her to get sick and have headaches. The Management denies her requests for a break so she can eat something to bring her blood sugar level up. What can she do???

  4. Y.V. says:

    I’m a manager at taco bell and i only get 1 10 min break. Taco Bell does alot of shady thing. Like i worked for 1 hour for free and i’m not getting paid for it.

  5. Katy K says:

    I currently work for taco bell in Wisconsin and I am constantly denied breaks and told that they can force me to stay up to a half hour after my shift was to end and I cant do anything about it. also they made me pay for work clothes (they took it out of my check) and i had to buy shoes on my own from walmart is this class action suit still going on.

  6. Becky Sanders says:

    My daughter has been employed at taco bell in Indiana for four years. She is now an assistant manager. She is pregnant and having lots of problems. She has fmla filled out by her doctor to use day by day as needed. They are now telling hwr that she can be fired for not coming to work. Now telling her she needs a drs. Note from the doctor for each day she misses. She has missed a handful of days in the four years she has been there..they denied her vacation she earned as crew leader becausw she made ass mAnager. Said she would have to be ass managwr for a year before she can have vacation….how can they do this???

  7. evelyn says:

    I am a current employee and worked as an assistant mgr in the past. I am disgusted with getting cut early and being called off when others come in and leave before I do.. I was told that if I wanted a break I would have to ask for it. They are constantly blowing labor all day and we on nights have to cut people and or work short. the things I hear make me sick..

  8. felicia says:

    I just quit because for the third time I have worked more then 40 hours and have not been paid my overtime. My only proof are the cameras but the GM has no time to review those. So IM left without being payed for my work and now jobless.

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