Security guards not paid for all-day orientation

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December 4, 2012

Security guards not paid for all-day orientation 

Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., provides security guards for companies throughout Pennsylvania. When Securitas hires new guards, it requires that they attend a day-long orientation where they watch instructional videos; handle hazardous materials; fill out paperwork; receive their uniforms; and submit to driving exams, multiple choice tests, and fingerprinting. Until recently, Securitas did not pay employees for time spent at the orientation.

The company also requires periodic training and requires that employees carefully clean and maintain their uniforms.

Three employees sued Securitas, alleging it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not compensating them for time spent at the orientation, maintaining their uniforms, and performing tasks before and after their shifts.

The trial court certified only their unpaid-orientation claim. The parties settled for $240,000, including $15,000 to each of the named plaintiffs. The court has granted final approval.

Citation: Williams v. Securitas Sec. Servs. USA Inc., No. 2:10-cv-07181 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 8, 2012).

Plaintiff counsel: David J. Cohen and Wayne A. Ely, both of Penndel, Pa.; Jon A. Tostrud, Los Angeles; and Ryan F. Stephan and James B. Zouras, both of Chicago.

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