Request Legal Help Now - Free
LAWSUITS NEWS & LEGAL INFORMATION

California Overtime Bonus Lawsuit Filed

. By
Los Angeles, CAAn overtime bonus lawsuit has been filed in California, alleging employees were not adequately compensated for their overtime hours. The lawsuit claims Wellpoint committed California overtime violations by not including a non-discretionary employee bonus on overtime pay. The lawsuit was filed by Josue Talamantez against The Wellpoint Companies on behalf of employees who are in a similar situation.

According to court documents found online, the lawsuit (case no. BC489001 in Los Angeles County Superior Court) alleges Wellpoint regularly offered a non-discretionary bonus program in which employees received bonus compensation for achieving performance goals set out by Wellpoint. Those non-discretionary bonuses, however, were reportedly not included when Wellpoint calculated overtime pay.

"[Wellpoint] systematically, unlawfully and unilaterally failed to accurately calculate wages for overtime hours worked by the plaintiff and other members of the California class in order to avoid paying these employees the correct overtime compensation," the lawsuit alleges. "As a result, the plaintiff and other members of the California class forfeited wages due them for regularly working overtime without compensation at the correct overtime rates." Furthermore, plaintiffs allege Wellpoint purposefully avoided paying the correct overtime compensation so they could profit from the unpaid overtime wages.

Plaintiffs accuse Wellpoint of unfair competition, failure to pay overtime, failure to provide accurate itemized statements, failure to provide wages when due and failure to provide overtime compensation. The lawsuit seeks compensation with interest for the plaintiff and other class members, as well as further penalties and costs of the lawsuit. It further seeks an injunction preventing similar conduct by Wellpoint in the future.

Under California law, non-discretionary bonuses must be included in overtime pay calculations if the bonus is earned in the same pay period that the overtime is worked. When employees work overtime, their hourly overtime pay must include not only one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay, but also non-discretionary bonuses. This means that their overtime pay could vary from pay period to pay period, depending on what bonuses they earn. And although the amount at issue could be small from one paycheck to the next, over the course of a few years and when including a company's entire workforce, the amount owed can add up.

READ ABOUT CALIFORNIA BONUS VIOLATION LAWSUITS

California Bonus Violation Legal Help

If you or a loved one have suffered losses in this case, please click the link below and your complaint will be sent to an employment law lawyer who may evaluate your California Bonus Violation claim at no cost or obligation.

READER COMMENTS

Posted by

on
i suppose that if you took a salt bath everyday for relaxing everyday and did yoga you wouldn't feel so tired and it maybe better for you. i also need time for overtime but i found minor adjustments for my life and i wanted to make certain i came out a winner so i am still thinking about it my lawsuit against my employer but i rather spend time winning.

ADD YOUR COMMENT ON THIS STORY

Fields marked * are mandatory. Please read our comment guidelines before posting.

*Name:

Note: Your name will be published with your comment.

*Email Address:

Your email will only be used if a response is needed.
*Your Comment:

Are you the defendant or a subject matter expert on this topic with an opposing viewpoint? We'd love to hear your comments here as well, or if you'd like to contact us for an interview please submit your details here.


Click to learn more about LawyersandSettlements.com
Request Legal Help Now! - Free