The manufacturing business requires a great deal of physical labor and technical skill, with proficient workers making millions for their companies every year. Unfortunately, many employers add to their profits by denying meal breaks or requiring unpaid work, stealing wages from their employees. When this happens, employees have the right to sue an employer for unpaid wages as well as interest and waiting time penalties.
Recent Unpaid Wage Claims Against Metal Manufacturers
In the majority of wage claims, employers make money by skimming a few dollars off of each employee’s wages every week—adding up to several thousand dollars for the employer every year. When multiple employees are affected by a labor violation, employees can band together and file a class action lawsuit to recover lost wages and penalties.
In the past few years, several class action wage lawsuits have been filed against metal manufacturers, including:
- Universal Alloy Corp. In 2014, California manufacturing plant Universal Alloy Corp settled an unpaid wage claim for $4.75M, distributing back pay to over 770 workers. The company, which creates alloys for the airline industry, was accused of failing to pay overtime and minimum wage in violation of California labor law as well as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The settlement was split between workers at the company’s Georgia headquarters and employees at the Anaheim facility.
- Airway Sheet Metal. In April 2019, Airway Sheet Metal Co., Inc., agreed to pay $110,548.20 in unpaid wages to 40 sheet metal workers in Washington DC after an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) found evidence that Airway neglected to pay proper overtime rates and sick leave to workers. The case represents the OAG’s largest recovery to date in a wage-enforcement action, returning an average of $2,764 to each affected worker. As part of the settlement, Airway will also pay the District of Columbia $5,000 toward the city’s costs of pursuing the case and implement compliance measures within 60 days to ensure no further violations of the District’s Minimum Wage Act and Sick and Safe Leave Act.
- Metal Technologies. A judge granted class-action status to a wage lawsuit in 2016 involving the manufacturer of automobile parts used by General Motors, Chrysler, Hyundai, and Honda. The Indiana-based manufacturing facility allegedly violated federal and state labor laws by changing employees’ payroll records to pay them only for their scheduled hours of work, illegally deducting wages to pay for work uniforms, and treating lunch breaks of twenty minutes or less as unpaid time.
If you suspect that an employer is guilty of wage theft, please read through our free book, California Truck & Delivery Driver Wage Theft: The Ultimate Straight Talk Guide to Getting Your Hard Earned Wages Back.