Darlene Lewis filed the lawsuit back in 2012 against Cosmopolitan Hotels & Resorts, where she was employed as a customer service representative and paid as an hourly employee. According to court documents, Lewis was required to wear a uniform and carry a $3,000 money bank during work as part of her job. Uniforms were to be changed into and out of at a common locker room on-site - not at home. Employees were also required to receive their uniforms before their shift and turn them in after their shift.
Furthermore, certain employees had to receive their money bank from a satellite bank before swiping in - a process that involved retrieving money, verifying the money and filling out paperwork - and then obtaining keys, a radio and a schedule before their shift. Likewise at the end of the shift, they had to turn back their cash and items needed during their shift after clocking out.
Despite requiring a variety of tasks prior to starting a shift, Cosmopolitan reportedly did not pay employees for any time preparing for their shifts, only paying them once they arrived at pre-assigned workstations.
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According to the lawsuit, Lewis spent approximately 30 minutes or more before and after each shift involved in mandatory but unpaid activities. For employees who worked more than eight hours in a day or 40 hours in a workweek, that time amounts to overtime.
In August 2015, a judge gave preliminary approval to a settlement, which will see Cosmopolitan pay $9.75 million to settle the allegations, Courthouse News Service (9/18/15) reports.
The lawsuit is Lewis v. Cosmopolitan Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Case Number 2:12-cv-01564, in US District Court for the District of Nevada.