Security services company G4S Secure Solutions will pay as much as $130 million to settle a class action in California state court alleging that it stiffed thousands of security officers on meal breaks and rest periods.
The class consists of 13,500 security guards for G4S, which was formerly known as Wackenhut. The settlement, subject to approval by California Superior Court, Los Angeles, ends litigation over workers’ allegations of being shorted pay over a nine-year period. They claimed that the company, now known as G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc., failed to provide meal and rest breaks and accurate wage statements and committed unfair business practices under state law.
G4S has been sued in federal court for overtime violations five times over the past three years.
Security companies may violate the federal overtime laws in a number of ways, including by classifying their workers as independent contractors, refusing to pay them for travel time between job sites, and/or paying them a flat hourly rate or salary instead of one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay for each hour worked above forty in a week.
If you or a family member or friend have worked as a security guard within the past three years, you may have a claim for unpaid overtime, and you should consult with an experienced overtime pay attorney to discuss your legal rights. Josh Borsellino is a Texas attorney that represents workers in claims for unpaid overtime. For a free consultation regarding your overtime pay questions, call Josh at 817.908.9861 or 432.242.7118 or complete this free form.