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02/08/2021

HomeGoods Sued for Alleged California Wage Violations

Bridget Goldschmidt
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HomeGoods Sued for Alleged California Wage Violations
A class action against HomeGoods was brought on behalf of former employee Myrna Atienza by California labor law firm Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP.

A class action filed against HomeGoods in the Contra Costa County Superior Court alleges that the company violated the California Labor Code by not paying minimum and overtime wages, not providing legally required meal and rest periods, not providing accurate itemized wage statements, not reimbursing employees for required business expenses, and not providing wages when due.

The Jan. 11 suit was brought on behalf of former California HomeGoods employee Myrna Atienza by Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, a labor law firm with law offices in San Diego County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Sacramento County, Santa Clara County, Orange County and San Francisco County. Atienza worked for the retailer from June to Nov. 2020.

The class Atienza represents is that of all individuals who are or were employed by HomeGoods in California and classified as nonexempt employees at any time during the period beginning four years prior to the filing of the complaint. The suit also mentioned a subclass of defendants who are or were employed by the company in California at any time during the period three years prior to the filing of the complaint.

The suit seeks, among other things, “[a]n order temporarily, preliminarily and permanently enjoining and restraining [HomeGoods from engaging in similar unlawful conduct as set forth herein; … [a]n order requiring [HomeGoods] to pay all wages and all sums unlawfully withheld from compensation due to [Atienza] and the other members of the California Class; and, … [r]estitutionary disgorgement of [HomeGoods’] ill-gotten gains into a fluid fund for restitution of the sums incidental to [HomeGoods’] violations due to [Atienza] and to the other members of the California Class.”

The fastest-growing division of Framingham, Massachusetts-based TJX Cos., HomeGoods sells home furnishings, linens, housewares and other home accessories from more than 800 stores.

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