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Lowe's Faces Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Over Alleged Labor Law Violations

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Lowe's Faces Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Over Alleged Labor Law Violations

In the bustling aisles of Lowe's Home Centers, LLC, a North Carolina-based company, an undercurrent of discontent was brewing. Chad Janes, an employee of Lowe's, found himself at the center of this storm. Janes, along with other employees, alleges that the company has been systematically violating California labor laws.


Janes, representing himself and others in similar situations, filed a lawsuit against Lowe's in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on August 7, 2023. The lawsuit alleges a series of labor law violations, including failure to pay regular and overtime wages, failure to provide meal and rest periods, and inaccuracies in wage statements.


According to the California Labor Code, employers are required to pay their employees for all hours worked, including overtime. The law stipulates that non-exempt employees should receive overtime pay at a rate of one and a half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. However, Janes alleges that Lowe's failed to adhere to these regulations.


The complaint claims Lowe's Home Centers, LLC intentionally and willfully violated California Labor Code provisions. This alleged violation not only includes unpaid regular and overtime wages but also extends to the company's failure to provide mandated meal and rest periods.


Under California law, employers are required to provide a 30-minute meal break for shifts over five hours and a 10-minute rest break for every four hours worked. The lawsuit alleges that Lowe's did not comply with these provisions, further contributing to the employees' grievances.


The complaint also alleges that Lowe's failed to provide accurate wage statements, another violation of the California Labor Code. The law requires employers to provide itemized wage statements that detail gross wages earned, total hours worked, the number of piece-rate units earned, and any deductions. Janes alleges that Lowe's wage statements did not accurately reflect these details.


Adding to the list of grievances, the lawsuit claims that Lowe's did not pay all wages owed upon termination, including waiting time penalties. According to the California Labor Code, employers are required to pay all wages due immediately at the time of termination. Failure to do so can result in waiting time penalties.


The lawsuit also accuses Lowe's of unfair business practices, a violation of the California Unfair Competition Law. This broad law covers a range of unlawful, unfair, or fraudulent business acts or practices, as well as unfair, deceptive, untrue, or misleading advertising.


Finally, the lawsuit alleges that Lowe's violated the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), a law that allows aggrieved employees to file lawsuits to recover civil penalties on behalf of themselves, other employees, and the State of California for Labor Code violations.


In terms of damages, Janes and his fellow plaintiffs are seeking unpaid wages, statutory penalties, waiting time penalties, restitution, attorneys' fees, and costs. The exact amount is yet to be determined, but it is expected to be significant given the size of the proposed class, which consists of all current and former non-exempt employees who worked for Lowe's in California within four years prior to the filing of the complaint.


This lawsuit paints a picture of a company allegedly flouting the rights of its employees and its legal obligations to them. As the case unfolds, it will be interesting to see how Lowe's responds to these allegations.

Case Facts

  • Status:
    Lawsuit Filed
  • Case Number:
    5:23-cv-01836
  • Filing Date:
    September 8, 2023
  • Jurisdiction:
    U.S. District Courts
  • State:
    California
  • Court:
    California Central District
  • Plaintiff:
    Chad Janes
  • Defendant:
    Lowe's Home Centers, LLC; Does 1-100
  • Plaintiff Firm:
  • Defendant Firm:
  • Claims Administrator:
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