Home Depot stores in Washington don’t give its hourly employees their legally-required breaks, alleges a lawsuit filed late last month against the company.
The potential class action suit, filed in Snohomish County Superior Court, could cover at least 10,000 employees across the home improvement retailer’s 45 locations in Washington.
State regulations require employees be allowed a 30-minute meal break between the second and fifth hours of their shift. Employers are also mandated to give workers rest breaks of at least 10 minutes every four hours. Home Depots, like the one in Everett, did not comply with these requirements, the 10-page complaint claims. The lawsuit says this occurs because Home Depot stores are “intentionally staffed at minimal levels,” causing chronic understaffing.