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Lawsuit Alleges Douglas Emmett Systematically Refused to Pay Wages

Posted: September 13th, 2018

Case details

Case Number: BC705955
Case Title: Anthony W. Ford vs. Douglas Emmett Management, LLC
Case Type: Class Action
Filing Date: 5/10/2018
Court: Stanley Mosk Courthouse
Status: Ongoing

Case Summary

On May 10, 2018, Anthony W. Ford filed a class action lawsuit against Douglas Emmett Management, LLC (Douglas Emmett). In the lawsuit, it is alleged that Douglas Emmett systematically refused to pay wages for overtime work, failed to provide legally mandated meal and break periods, and failed to reimburse employee expenses.

According to case filings, over 100 Douglas Emmett employees may have been affected by the practices described in the complaint.

The lawsuit is ongoing in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. In the course of the proceedings, court documents were made public. They can be read in the case filings below.

Complaint narrative

Anthony W. Ford was employed by Douglas Emmett from December 2015 to August 2017, and occupied a non-exempt, hourly position as a service technician.

Ford alleges that, due to work requirements, employees were often forced to forgo their legally mandated breaks or meal periods. Douglas Emmett allegedly failed to properly compensate the employees affected: according to the California Labor Code, employees should have been paid one extra hour of wages on any day where a violation occurred.

Douglas Emmett Management, LLC also allegedly “maintained a series of policies and/or practices that effectively resulted in Non Exempt Employees working off-the-clock”. According to the complaint, employees were frequently expected to perform work-related activities prior to clocking in and after clocking out, resulting in overtime work going entirely unpaid.

Employees were also required to use their own cars and cell phones on the job. However, Douglas Emmett allegedly did not provide reasonable reimbursement for these expenses. Workers were allegedly paid only $25 per month for cell phone expenses which were often much higher, and were not reimbursed at all for automobile expenses.

Download Case Filings

Date Document
2018-05-10 COMPLAINT
2018-07-02 NOTICE