RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A local hotel is the defendant in what could be the largest wage and overtime lawsuit in Reno's history.
According to a press release, all current and former hourly-paid employees of the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino will be given an opportunity to join the class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks to recover back wages and penalties for the time the employees spent working without compensation.
"Among other things, the lawsuit sets forth specific allegations that GSR wilfully deprived employees of pay for time they spent engaging in work related activities without compensation pre and post shift, such as retrieving keys, radios, cash, completing paperwork, and attending mandatory training sessions and pre-shift meetings," Attorney Joshua Buck said.
Approximately 4,748 current and former employees who worked at the GSR from June 21, 2012 to the present will receive the Court-approved Notice and a form to join the lawsuit. Beck urges those who receive notice to complete the form and return it, or they will not be entitled to participate in any award of wages, overtime and/or liquidated damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The lawsuit seeks to recover up to one hour of unpaid wages per day per employee. Although the exact amount of damages are yet unknown, Buck estimates that damages could exceed $50 million. The suit also alleges a miscalculation of the overtime rate of pay.
A copy of the lawsuit, notice, consent to join form, and the Court’s order, can be found here