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Napa Auto Parts Employment Violations California Class Action

Trademark Napa Auto Parts Cap on Top of Delivery Truck

Three defendants are being sued in this class action: AutoPartsPros, LLC, Genuine Parts Company, and Napa Auto Parts. The complaint for this class action alleges that all are responsible for the violations of the California Labor Code and Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Orders alleged by a former employee.

Genuine Parts Company franchises retail stores and parts distribution centers which operate under the name Napa Auto Parts. AutoPartsPros owns and operates at least seven of these stores in California. All the entities seem to operate under the same written policies and procedures, with a centralized Human Resources Department and Payroll Department.

Plaintiff Gustavo Alvarez was a non-exempt, hourly employee who worked for the defendants as a driver and dispatcher in Oceanside, California, between March 2018 and February 2019. His usual workday consisted of eight or nine hours, five or six days per week. Among his duties were reviewing customer orders, preparing them for delivery, finding efficient routes for drivers, and sending drivers to deliver parts.

The complaint alleges that the defendants were “advised by skilled lawyers and other professional, employees and advisors knowledgeable about California labor and wage law, employment and personnel practices, and about the requirements of California law.” Therefore, the complaint claims, the companies should have known about employment laws. 

The list of violations alleged in the complaint is long:

  • Workers were not paid for all hours worked, because not all hours were recorded.
  • Workers were not paid proper overtime compensation.
  • Workers were required to perform some work off the clock and not paid for it.
  • Workers were not always given proper, uninterrupted meal breaks; and when they were not permitted such breaks, they were not paid the meal period premium they were entitled to.
  • Workers were not always given proper rest periods; and when they were not permitted such breaks, they were not paid the rest period premium they were entitled to.
  • Workers did not receive complete and accurate wage statements.
  • The companies did not maintain complete and accurate payroll records.
  • Workers did not get timely payment of all wages owed, during their employment or at termination.
  • Workers were at times required to execute a release of claims before receiving their wages.
  • The companies deducted a portion of previously-paid wages from workers’ paychecks.
  • The companies did not cover the costs of workers’ mandatory physical exams or drug tests.
  • Workers were not provided with proper seating so that they could sit when appropriate.
  • The companies did not provide workers with proper reimbursement of all business expenses.

The class for this action is all persons who worked for the defendants as non-exempt, hourly employees in California, between November 18, 2015 and the date of trial of this case. There is also a subclass that consists of those in the class who received at least one wage statement, between November 18, 2018 and the date of trial.

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