DALLAS - The Texas-based law firm of Baron & Budd is investigating potential claims related to allegations that Cardinal Health rounded the time worked each day by its employees in the company’s favor, which may have resulted in an underpayment of wages to affected employees.
Based on a lawsuit previously filed in California, it has been alleged that Cardinal Health rounded employees’ time worked per workday in its favor which resulted in the failure to pay all overtime wages owed under California state law.
Baron & Budd is investigating the same allegations with regards to potential violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws other than California, according to an Aug. 8 press release.
Examples of employer time rounding which may result in an employee not being paid all wages owed under state and federal law are as follows. If an employee clocks into work at 7:50 am, some employers round that up to 8 am, which shorts the employee out of payment for 10 minutes worked that day, the press release states.
Similarly, if an employee clocks out of work at 5:40 pm, some employers round that down to 5:30 pm, which shorts the employee another 10 minutes in wage payments for that day.
“While a few minutes here and there may seem insignificant to some, rounding employee time worked in the employer’s favor across a large organization can add up to millions of dollars in unpaid wages under the federal FLSA and, where applicable, state law,” said Allen Vaught, head of the Employment Law Group at Baron & Budd.