AUTOZONE CLASS ACTION INVESTIGATION

There is currently pending a class action lawsuit brought against Autozone by Gould and Associates and The Law Office of Daniel G. Emilio on behalf of all employees (including managers) for violations of meal and rest break laws caused by interruptions of those breaks because of Autozone’s “Drop/Stop 30-30” policy. 

The lawsuit also seeks unpaid mileage reimbursement for any employees who have used their own vehicle to pick up parts from other stores, as well as improperly computed bonus pay due to managers. 
The lawsuit covers every current and former employee of Autozone who worked at any time during the past 4 years.

There is currently scheduled for March, 2005, a hearing at the court to determine whether the lawsuit should proceed as a class action.  If the class action is approved, all Autozone employees, current and former, will be notified if they wish to be a part of the class action or not.  That is not a decision you need to make at this time.  At this time, we are continuing to investigate and gather information for the March 2005 hearing.

Attached you will find a Declaration that can be used by Autozone managers and non-managers alike to provide us with some basic information that will be useful.  If you need additional forms for other current or former employees, simply print this and photocopy the form as many times as needed, or call our office for additional forms.

We believe the company’s “Drop/Stop 30-30” policy of requiring employees to interrupt meal or rest breaks is illegal.  In California, meal and rest breaks are required to be continuous and without interruption.  The penalty for any employer to fail to provide a full meal or rest break is to pay the employee 1 additional hour of pay for each break missed.   The burden is on Autozone to prove that employees did not have their breaks interrupted. 

So, if Autozone cannot prove that breaks were not interrupted, every Autozone employee (including managers) will be entitled to 3 additional hour of pay for each day worked (2 rest breaks plus 1 meal break).  For an employee receiving minimum wage ($6.75/hour) who works approximately 240 days in one year, is entitled to 720 additional hours (3 times 240) times$6.75 or $4,860.
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