Workers File Suit over Overtime Pay

December 17, 2001 ( - A group of Southern California Gas Company employees filed a proposed class action lawsuit against their employer, claiming that the gas distributor required field crew workers to work six-day weeks without overtime pay.

The suit, filed December 13, in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, seeks to represent an estimated 500 hourly workers.

According to the suit, prior to 1996 employees who voluntarily agreed to work on Saturdays following a full, five-day week were allowed to take a day off in the following week.

Beginning in 1996, the company changed the policy, making Saturday a required workday, but refused to pay overtime compensation when workers clocked more than 40 hours.

According to the employees’ law firm, Hagens Berman, the workers filed formal grievances with their employer – but their claims were rejected.

– Camilla Klein