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Quik Stop Faces Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Over Alleged California Labor Law Violations

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Quik Stop Faces Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Over Alleged California Labor Law Violations

In the bustling heart of California, a legal storm is brewing, as former employee Rickey Lartigue has launched a lawsuit against the retail giants Quik Stop Markets, Inc., EG Retail (America), LLC, EG America, LLC, and other unnamed parties. Lartigue, who worked as a non-exempt, hourly cashier for the defendants from June 2022 to May 2023, alleges a series of labor law violations that left him and his fellow workers short-changed and overworked.

According to Lartigue, the root of the problem lies in the defendants' policy of understaffing their locations. This policy, he alleges, resulted in a failure to provide adequate meal and rest period coverage, forcing employees to work off-the-clock to complete tasks such as cleaning and responding to work-related calls. 

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants did not accurately record all hours worked, resulting in unpaid overtime wages. The defendants also stand accused of failing to provide timely and uninterrupted meal periods and rest periods in violation of California Labor Code §§ 226.7, 512(a), 516, and 1198. More than just a failure to provide breaks, the lawsuit alleges that the defendants did not include all forms of compensation in the regular pay rate for calculating meal and rest period premiums. This, Lartigue claims, resulted in further financial losses for the workers.

In addition to these allegations, the lawsuit further accuses the defendants of failing to provide complete and accurate wage statements and failing to maintain correct payroll records in violation of California Labor Code §§ 226(a), 1174(d), and 1198. The lawsuit also alleges violations of California Labor Code §§ 201 and 202, accusing the defendants of failing to pay wages on time upon termination of employment.

Furthermore, the defendants are accused of violating California Labor Code § 204 for failing to pay wages during employment timely and California Labor Code § 2802 for failing to reimburse employees for business expenses. Finally, the lawsuit alleges that the defendants engaged in unlawful and unfair business practices violating California Business & Professions Code §§ 17200, et seq.

Lartigue seeks monetary damages, penalties, restitution, and other relief as determined at trial. The lawsuit represents not just Lartigue but all persons who worked for the defendants as non-exempt, hourly-paid employees in California from August 18, 2021, until the trial date.

While these allegations are yet to be proven in court, they paint a concerning picture of the working conditions at these retail giants. As the case unfolds, seeing how the defendants respond to these serious allegations will be intriguing.

Case Facts

  • Status:
    Lawsuit Filed
  • Case Number:
    23CV422376
  • Filing Date:
    September 13, 2023
  • Jurisdiction:
    Santa Clara County
  • State:
    California
  • Court:
    Superior Court of California
  • Plaintiff:
    Rickey Lartigue
  • Defendant:
    Quik Stop Markets, Inc.; EG Retail (America), LLC
  • Plaintiff Firm:
    Capstone Law APC
  • Defendant Firm:
  • Claims Administrator:
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