Sheyanne Bailey, an area manager in Riverside County, filed the complaint on November 3rd in the US District Court for the Central District of California. Along with the above complaints Bailey accuses Amazon of misclassification of exempt employee status to avoid paying its warehouse managers’ overtime. She says Amazon improperly designated her and other area managers as exempt from receiving overtime compensation even though they don't meet the criteria "of any recognized test in California for being exempt,” according to Law360. As well, she accuses Amazon of violating California's Unfair Competition Law.
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In her lawsuit, Bailey says area managers are paid 80 hours of work per two-week pay period, regardless of the actual number of hours they worked. The second-largest private-sector employer in the U.S. also failed to provide 30-minute, uninterrupted meal breaks. Area managers don’t have any control over the schedules, they're required to use their personal phones to reply to work-related emails and other communications, and they're expected to finish work at home if they can't finish it on their shifts at the warehouse.
Bailey and other area managers typically work about 10½ to 11 hours per day with less than half of their regular duties designated to managerial work, such as delegating tasks. Bailey said the "vast majority" of their work is labor intensive and directed by higher-ranking managers, "without any discretion given to the area managers.” Bailey said her health has suffered because of these working conditions. Her complaint says "Plaintiff has also suffered mental health related issues and exhaustion, which required her to take unpaid time off to recover from the fast-paced working conditions in which she, and all other similarly situated employees, have been forced to work too hard and too quickly at an unsustainable pace.”
The case is Sheyanne Bailey v. Amazon.com Services LLC et al., case number 5:23-cv-02280.
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And back in 2020, a group of Amazon Flex drivers accused the company of wiretapping closed Facebook groups where they discussed working conditions and storing their communications. The drivers said Amazon violated California privacy laws by intercepting private Facebook posts and compiling information from the posts in a classified "Social Media Bank," according to the complaint.