These truly are dark days for the traditional video rental store. Family Video, which is the largest remaining privately-held video chain in the nation, has been slapped by a class-action lawsuit alleging that the chain forced thousands of employees to work uncompensated hours.
The suit claims that Family Video violated the Fair Labor Standards Act as it attempted to minimize its labor costs during the recent recession. Darvette Smith, a former employee and the instigator of the suit, claims that he was not fairly compensated for both standard and overtime hours he worked between November 2008 and January 2011. The damages and compensation being sought by the suit are not currently known.
Matthew George, an attorney with the firm that filed the suit, offered the following on the class-action:
“The law requires that employees be paid for all the work they do. Unpaid work each day adds up quickly and can make a big difference in employees’ paychecks, particularly in these tough economic times . . . We get quite a few complaints that this [occurs] in this economy . . . Obviously, employers are trying to cut down on labor expenses, which sometimes can result in these types of practices.”
It will be interesting to see how this suit plays out, especially if Family Video is found guilty of stiffing its employees to save money during rough times. Visit the comments and leave your take on this latest legal action against a video renter.
(via Home Media Magazine)