According to reports, the class action lawsuit was initially filed by Ian Freeman, who had worked at Zillow and alleged the company pushed its employees to arrive at work before they were scheduled to start, work through their breaks, and work after the end of their shift without overtime.
Zillow "operated an 'illegal design to circumvent Federal and State laws with the sole purpose of maximizing profits through a systematic scheme of exploiting and intimidating its employees to miss meal breaks, rest breaks, and work overtime without compensation'," documents filed in relation to the lawsuit allege.
Among the alleged infractions were refusing requests for meal and rest periods, preventing employees from leaving the office for lunch, and stopping employees from tracking their actual hours worked. One of the tactics reportedly used by Zillow to prevent employees from taking breaks was designating certain hours of the day "the blitz" or "the wave." During those periods, employees were required to make non-stop sales calls.
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Zillow did not admit liability in settling the lawsuit or the Department of Labor review. The company is not required to make any payments beyond those included in the class action settlement.
Allegations made in other lawsuits against Zillow include claims of sexual, age, and racial discrimination, and that the company runs offices with a "frat house" atmosphere.
The lawsuit is Ian Freeman v. Zillow, Inc. et al, Case No. 8:14-cv-01843, in California Central District Court.