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Ritz-Carlton Settles Wage and Hour Suit for Alleged Unpaid Overtime


As this blog has demonstrated, it is important for employers to make sure that all employees are being paid for all overtime worked. If employers fail to do this in an attempt to save money, the amount they end up paying in settlements and court fees later can far outweigh the temporary benefits. Obviously, the more employees are subjected to the unfair treatment, the more the employer will end up paying. In a recent settlement in California, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel has agreed to pay $2 million to resolve allegations that the resort violated state wage and hour laws.

The class consists of approximately 1,500 current and former employees of the Marriott International subsidiary who worked at three of the hotels in San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, and Lake Tahoe since November 2007. Allegedly, the plaintiffs were denied meal breaks, compensation for overtime hours worked, and payment for accrued vacation days. The lawsuit further alleges that employees were denied overtime pay unless they had attained prior approval for the overtime.

The settlement allows for all members to opt out of the settlement. For each member that opts out, a larger share of the $2 million will go to the remaining class members.
The Ritz-Carlton denies all allegations but agreed to the settlement in order to resolve the litigation.

The attorneys at the Chicago Overtime Law Center are investigating unpaid overtime claims against large hotel and restaurant chains such as Hilton, Ritz-Carlton and Marriott for misclassifying employees as managers, forcing employees to work off the clock and during meals, altering time sheets and otherwise failing to pay workers for overtime and other wages. If you are the victim this practice call us at (312) 869-4095 or contact us online.

The lawyers at the Chicago Overtime Law Center have decades of experience fighting for wage earner’s rights. We have a team of overtime attorneys who focus on nationwide class action lawsuits and work out of Chicago and Oak Brook offices and prosecute claims for workers all over the Chicago area including Schaumburg and Rolling Meadows. We protect unpaid workers who haven’t received overtime throughout the Chicago area including in DuPage, Kane and Cook Counties.

Our Barrington and Wheeling overtime lawyers are intimately familiar with the issues that arise during wage claim litigation, and we know the laws that govern overtime cases well. Many employers misclassify employees as being exempt from overtime laws and pay workers salaries instead of hourly wages in order to avoid paying them overtime. Some employers mistakenly classify employees as exempt and others intentionally do so in order to circumvent the law. In either case, workers do not receive the wages they should, and a lawsuit may be the only way to recover their earned wages.

The Chicago Overtime Law Center is based in Chicago, and represents clients throughout the country who have not been paid for the overtime hours that they worked. If you believe that you are owed overtime wages, contact one of our Chicago wage and hour attorney by phone at (312) 869-4095 or through our online form.