October 18, 2013
Employers have a legal responsibility to pay workers for the time that they work. However, disputes can sometimes arise between employees and company owners regarding pay. The Nashville Wage Dispute Lawyers with Ponce Law point out that hundreds of Amazon.com employees in Tennessee recently settled a lawsuit, in which they claimed they should be paid for the time they spend going through routine security checks.
According to an article from WTVR 6 News, warehouse employees are required to go through metal detectors prior to leaving the facility in order to prevent theft by workers. If the detectors go off, the employee is required to allow security to go through their personal belongings. Workers state the process can sometimes take up to 20 minutes to complete. This can make taking a break extremely difficult, considering workers are only allowed a single, unpaid 30 minute break for lunch per day.
In an effort to resolve the complaints, the company has offered reimbursements to workers for anywhere between several hundred and several thousand dollars, depending on how long the plaintiffs had worked at the warehouse.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of how complex employment disputes can become and are hopeful the decision that was reached in the recent case brings a sense of closure to the incident for the victims.