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Panda Restaurant Chain Faces OT Action In Calif.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Panda Restaurant Group Inc. was slapped with a class action in California on April 18 accusing the company of failing to pay workers at Panda Express restaurants proper overtime wages and denying meal and rest breaks.  The complaint, which was filed in state court, named Panda Restaurant Group and Panda Express Inc. as defendants. The named plaintiff, Josefina Flores Diaz, says she worked for the defendants in the Golden State from September 2009 to January 2011.

The suit looks to recover allegedly unlawfully deducted wages, unpaid overtime, and compensation stemming from the alleged failure to provide meal periods from Panda Restaurant Group, which bills itself as the biggest and fastest-growing Asian restaurant company in the U.S.  Even though California requires workers to get a premium rate for hours worked over an eight-hour threshold in a given day or 40 hours in a week, "defendants engaged in a policy and practice of paying employees only at the regular rate of pay for hours worked," the complaint said. (click on link to read full story) 

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