Court Approval of Class Action Settlement
Court Approval of $1,500,000.00 Class Action Settlement Benefiting 862 Current and Former Employees of Aeropostale
Becerra Law Firm successfully prosecuted a class action in the Los Angeles County Superior Court entitled Sankey v. Aeropostale, Inc. et al, Case No. BC457468. It was filed on March 16, 2011 on behalf of 862 current and former managers and assistant managers (“Managers”) of Aeropostale, Inc. and Aeropostale West, Inc. who worked in California at any time beginning in March of 2007.
The lawsuit alleged that Aeropostale systematically miscalculated the overtime wages due to its Managers, failed to provide Managers with adequate meal periods in violation of California Labor Code section 512, and failed to provide them with legally adequate itemized wage statements in violation of California Labor Code section 226. The lawsuit also included a waiting time penalties claim pursuant to California Labor Code section 203.
On July 11, 2014, the Court entered an Order granting final approval of a $1,500,000 class action settlement. More than 800 current and former Managers who worked for Aeropostale between March 17, 2007 and February 28, 2014 were eligible to receive cash payments under the terms of the settlement.
The settlement provided for each eligible class member to receive approximately $30 for each month that he or she worked for Aeropostale as a Manager in order to compensate him or her for unpaid wages due as a result of Aeropostale’s alleged unlawful practices. Additionally, each eligible class member that was no longer employed by Aeropostale would receive approximately $200 to compensate him or her for waiting time penalties pursuant to California Labor Code section 203.
Simpluris, Inc. (www.simpluris.com) was appointed as the Settlement Administrator and distributed the settlement payments. A copy of the lawsuit and Court Order granting final approval of the lawsuit are provided herein.
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