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Overtime Suit Filed Against Sansum Clinic in California

A class action suit alleging violations of wage provisions of the California Labor Code was filed against Sansum Clinic by Dianne Pizzi, a former Sansum Clinic employee in Santa Barbara. The suit claims that Sansum Clinic illegally altered employee timecards to avoid paying overtime. Additionally, the clinic allegedly required employees to work over forty hours a week and to log off their computers when they do so in order to avoid reflecting overtime hours in the computer logs. The class action suit is estimated to cover several hundred employees and is seeking over four million dollars in damages.

The California Labor Code requires employers to pay employees overtime if they work more than eight hours in any work day, unless they are specifically exempted from overtime requirements. Overtime pay must be provided for all hours worked in excess of an employee’s normal eight-hour workday at the rate of at least one and one-half times their regular hourly pay. The same applies if an employee works more than six days in any work week – in such cases, the employee is entitled to overtime of at least at one and one-half times their normal hourly pay for the first eight hours he or she works on the seventh consecutive workday.

The rate of pay for overtime increases to double the employee’s regular rate of pay if an employee works in excess of twelve hours in any workday. In this instance, an employee should be paid the double rate for all hours worked after the twelfth hour. Double overtime rate also applies to all hours worked after the eight hour if an employee is working for the seventh consecutive day in a workweek.

Employers cannot skirt their obligations to pay overtime under California and federal law. If you believe you have been deprived of overtime pay you have rightfully earned, Dejban Law can help you obtain compensation. Contact us now by email at info@dejbanlaw.com or by phone us at (818) 325-3820 for a free and confidential initial consultation.