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A former employee of Amazon’s Vacaville, California warehouse says the company didn’t schedule the required 30-minute meal breaks for workers

Lawsuit claims one of Amazon’s termination centers in California failed to provide required meal breaks for employees. First filed in February, the case was removed to us district court California, Northern district on Friday.

Lovenia Scott, a former employee of the Vacaville, California warehouse, alleges that the company did n’t schedule the required 30-minute meal breaks for workers. Workers were expected to monitor their walkie-talkies in case of any problems on the floor, which sometimes cut into their break time.

The Supreme Court decided in 2014 that Amazon workers at a Nevada warehouse were n’t entitled to pay for the time they spent waiting to have their bags searched after clocking out but before leaving the building. The matter of paying workers for time they spend waiting for employers while off the clock has come up in other cases.

Green Messenger, the subcontractor for Amazon, was fined $ 6.4 million earlier this month for wage theft by the California Labor Commission’s office. The state investigation found that the company underpaid drivers, scheduling them 10-hour days but with a workload that forced drivers to skip meal and rest breaks.

Employees at the end of the line saw their breaks shortened as they waited their turn. Scott’s lawsuit also says shifts were’chronically understaffed’.

Scott worked at the Vacaville warehouse from October 2016 to January 2019. She also says Amazon failed to timely pay her final wages.

Monday is the deadline for workers at Amazon’s plant in Bessemer, Alabama to vote whether to form the first-ever Amazon union in the US.

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