Richard Bridgford was quoted in a Law360 article that ran October 15, 2015 about a class action lawsuit filed in California against Forever 21 Retail Inc. over the practice of using on-call shifts. The lawsuit alleges that the retailer failed to compensate employees who report but ultimately aren’t put to work.

According to the complaint, Plaintiff Raalon Kennedy asserts claims for failure to pay reporting time pay, failure to pay all wages earned at termination, failure to provide accurate wage statements and unfair business practices and asks for the payment of unpaid wages as well as compensatory and economic damages and attorneys’ fees and costs, among other claims for relief.

Bridgford, an attorney for Kennedy, said that the suit is really about how the retailers’ actions deprive employees of their ability to earn a living wage.

“These practices prevent them from obtaining employment from another employer because they’re tied up on-call and they’re required to be available. Therefore, in the process, they’re prevented from obtaining other employment, and yet they’re not being compensated for the time they’re tied up,” Bridgford said.

The lawsuit is one of several that Bridgford Gleason & Artinian has filed against retailers including The Gap Inc., Tilly’s Inc., PacSun, and BCBG Max Azria.

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