Employees of Schneider Logistics, a Wal-Mart contractor, filed a class action lawsuit for unpaid overtime arising from meal and/or rest breaks that they worked through. So the employer called them into a conference room, had their lawyers interview them and presented them with statements to sign regarding their working conditions and other issues in the suit. This coercion backfired when U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder found that the meetings were “fundamentally misleading and deceptive,” and, as a result, ruled that Schneider could not use the statements in the case.
The case is Franklin Quezada v. Schneider Logistics Transloading and Distribution, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, No. 12cv02188 and you can read more at Employer Accused of Coercion In Overtime Pay Lawsuit.