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Former Shipley employees attempt overtime, sexual harassment suit

Though no franchises from the popular doughnuts chain are currently located in California, other bakeries within the state would do well to avoid following in the footsteps of Shipley Do-Nuts when it comes to the alleged treatment of their employees. Four former employees accuse the bakery of withholding overtime pay, in addition to complaints of sexual harassment against one former worker. The four former employees are attempting to initiate a class-action lawsuit against the company.

These workers accuse the company of refusing to pay overtime, despite employees regularly working over 40 hours per week. The employees worked at different Shipley locations, including the corporate offices and at the Shipley warehouse. Their work varied between employees, but included warehouse work, clerical tasks and housekeeping.

Regardless of the job duties performed, however, all employees allege the same thing:  Shipley refused to compensate them for overtime due. Among a number of similar complaints, it is claimed that one warehouse worker frequently put in as much as 60 hours per week, but was never paid for more than 40 hours, no matter how much overtime he worked. A housekeeper alleges that she was required to use her own vehicle to travel to other Shipley property locations to clean, but was never compensated for the mileage on her vehicle or gas, and was never paid overtime.

The company, of course, calls the claims unfounded and alleges that they are a retaliation for the employees' recent termination. Workers in California who have experienced similar treatment may wish to seek the counsel of an employment law attorney. A lawyer would be able to offer valuable legal advice and representation whether the case involves unpaid wage and overtime disputes, wrongful termination, sexual harassment or any combination of the three, like in the claim brought against Shipley.

Source: houston.eater.com, "Shipley Do-Nuts Facing Legal Trouble Over Alleged Unpaid Overtime (Plus There Are Sexual Harassment Claims)", Alison Baitz, April 7, 2017

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