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Maintenance Firm to Settle Washington Employment Lawsuits

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Seattle, WAAs of December, ABM Industries Incorporated was awaiting court approval of settlements in two pending Washington employment court cases involving millions of dollars in unpaid overtime and other violations, according to Class Action Reporter (12/17/12).

American Building Maintenance (ABM) represents a collective of companies involved in two lawsuits centered on unpaid overtime and missed meal and rest breaks that were allegedly denied workers - a violation of Washington State employment laws. Employees, under the law, are entitled to regular rest breaks and a meal period as a means to promote good health, quality work and a safe work environment. The theory holds that work suffers when employees are tired and/or hungry, and that employees are more prone to accidents. Employees are also entitled to overtime pay for hours (or days) spent working beyond the standard workweek.

The foregoing is entrenched in Washington State labor law.

One of the two cases is identified as Khadera et al v. ABM Industries Incorporated and American Building Maintenance Co. West, Case # C08-0417 RSM. The allegation held that the defendant(s) failed to provide workers with overtime pay or meal/rest periods. A settlement was approved in March of last year in the sum of $1.8 million. If approved, the settlement would be divided up amongst class participants and attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

The class-action lawsuit was originally filed March 24, 2008, in US District Court for the State of Washington, Western District, at Seattle. The Washington Labor Law settlement was reached with the help of mediation.

In a similar Washington state overtime lawsuit, ABM settled litigation identified as Simpson v. ABM Janitorial Services-Northwest and ABM Industries Incorporated, a case filed September 24, 2010, in Superior Court for the State of Washington in, and for King County.

Similar to the Khadera case, the foregoing Washington Employment law action held that employees of the defendants were made to perform work off the clock, were denied meal and rest breaks, and were denied overtime pay - a violation of state labor laws.

On the same day the Khadera case was mediated, both parties in the Simpson case accepted a mediator’s proposal of $1.2 million, with proceeds (if approved) divided up amongst the various class members and attorneys for the plaintiffs.

In both cases, the mediated settlement included legal fees. ABM Industries reportedly articulated the two lawsuits and the pending settlements in a Form 10-Q filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 6 of last year. The company has set aside $1.8 million and $1.2 million respectively in anticipation of court approval of the proposed mediated settlements.

The lawsuits uphold Washington employee rights with regard to these matters.

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I have nightmares about how horribly ABM & Edwin J Filgler is treating me. They have violent outbursts and belittle me.
I NEVER did anything wrong. I followed all of there absurd rules. ABM is the most horrible company, I have ever met and I am suffering from having to deal with his abuse just about everyday. ABM & Ed Figler must stopped the
harassment and racial discrimination that has been going on way to long. They creates a very hostile work environment. And repeats actions that make it impossible for us to perform my job duties.

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Was not paid owed back wages for over 4 months. Have been harrassed by my boss for 5 to 6 months. I was told I needed to get a second job or save my money as I was going to have to pay back every penny of overtime I recieved. I had to work 10 to 15 minutes over randomly which totaled about an hour over. I was also hired for a manager position then 3 months later another gentleman was hired for my position I was then told to train him. I have been called off my lunches as well as breaks to do work. This company is all about lies. I am currently looking for another job:-)

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I noticed the common thread with the Seattle lawsuits and the North Cali lawsuits had the same Senior regional VP managing these Districts..kinda makes you wonder is the profit margin more important than the actual employees safety..I think the answer lies within the cruelty proven in the lawsuits! Very sad to ruin lives for his large bonus!

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