Does Johnson & Johnson Pay Proper Wages to their Employees?

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In recent news out of Los Angeles, an Orange County woman sued Johnson & Johnson (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 8:17-cv-01608). The California woman, Nhung B. Tran, filed a wage and hour lawsuit on September 15th, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California listing Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. as the Defendant in the case. Tran claims that Johnson & Johnson failed to pay fair wages, which means they are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In her complaint, Tran made allegations that she worked for 12 years in the Johnson & Johnson Quality Assurance department where she handled records management. According to Tran she worked more than 40 hours per week, but was not paid overtime wages. Tran alleges that the defendants failed to provide her with any overtime compensation for the hours she worked for the company that exceeded the 40 hours per week that is in violation of FLSA.

Definitions to Know:

Overtime: According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), overtime means time worked beyond a prescribed threshold. The threshold prescribed by the FLSA defines the normal work period as a workweek of 7 consecutive days. The normal FLSA regulated overtime threshold is 40 hours per workweek. Some jobs may be governed by a different FLSA overtime threshold.

Allegation: In the legal world, an allegation is a formal claim against another individual, group or institution.

Overtime Compensation: Unless an employee is exempt, the FLSA requires that they be provided with overtime pay for hours worked above and beyond those as identified as “normal.” Overtime pay is required to be at a rate not less than time and one-half of the employee’s regular rate of pay. According to FLSA, there is no limit to the number of hours an employee aged 16+ can work in any workweek as long as they are being paid in accordance to overtime requirements.

Tran wishes to obtain a trial by jury as well as economic damages, general damages, punitive damages, statutory damages, legal fees, double damages, and any other relief that the court deems appropriate in the situation once they consider the facts.

If you have questions about the Fair Labor Standards Act or overtime compensation, please get in touch with one of the experienced California employment law attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik.