Urban Outfitters Possible Labor Violations
The New York Attorney General’s Office has reportedly very recently asked some of the largest retailers in America to provide records in an investigation for labor law violations. Urban Outfitters is one of a group of retailers that has allegedly been targeted in the investigation which is looking into practices of on-call shift scheduling. If you are an employee or former employee of Urban Outfitters, you may have a claim. If Urban Outfitters has scheduled you for on-call shifts or designated you or someone you know in this labor category, you might have a claim. This kind of practice which reportedly causes people to have little advance notice on what hours they will be working, may have caused you or someone you know to be owed overtime pay. Please contact us at 817-455-6822 or through the form on this page.
Urban Outfitters, Inc. (Urban Outfitters) is a lifestyle retail company started in 1976. The parent company operates Urban Outfitters, and Anthropologie Group, with merchandise being sold directly to customers through retail store locations, websites, mobile applications, catalogs and customer contact centers. Urban Outfitters markets to young adults aged 18 to 28. The company’s products include women’s and men’s fashion apparel, intimates, footwear, beauty and accessories, active wear and gear, electronics, as well as apartment wares and gifts.
It has been reported that at times Urban Outfitters required employees to remain on-call, spend time undergoing security bag checks, and to assist customers off the clock without compensation for any of these work-related activities. Additionally, A number of companies are reportedly forcing employees check in by telephone, text message or email before a planned shift to see if their services are needed.
Urban Outfitters employees are often allegedly required to work additional time before and after their scheduled shift. Overtime must be paid to workers who work more than forty hours per week. Many employers allegedly often misclassify employees and refuse to pay overtime. Time records are often reportedly changed by striking hours off time records, or not paying people for work before the shift starts and after they punch out for the day.
Fair Labor Standards Act
The FLSA was enacted to protect people from unfair labor practices, protect workers’ rights to fair pay, and to protect employees from potential abuse from employers. The Act requires that, an employer cannot force an employee to work more than 40 hours a week. If an employee does work over 40 hours per week, they must be paid 1.5 times their regular pay for each hour worked beyond the maximum 40 hour week.
Potential Class Action
It has been reported that the U.S. Labor Department is aware of the on-call shift scheduling concerns and is looking into the matter. Our attorneys are investigating on-call shift allegations. For more on this wide-ranging investigation, click here and here. To determine whether you or someone you know is eligible to be part of a class action, please contact us at 817-455-6822 or through the form on this page.