California Graphic Packaging Wage & Hour Class Action Settlement
All current and former non-exempt or hourly- paid employees of Graphic Packaging, Inc. who worked in a production position within the State of California at any time between April 8, 2011 and April 26, 2017
The settlement will be divided proportionally and pro rata based on the number of valid applicants and the number of weeks
Proof of Purchase
Samuel Guerra, et al. v. Graphic Packaging International Inc., Case No. 2016-00203789 Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Sacramento
Plaintiffs Samuel Guerra, Vince Zasonski, Mario Colvin and Matthew Hernandez (“Plaintiffs”) allege in their Complaint that, during the applicable limitations periods, GPI failed to provide meal and rest breaks, failed to pay minimum and overtime wages, failed to provide accurate itemized wage statements, failed to keep requisite payroll records, failed to reimburse for necessary business expenses, and failed to pay wages timely during employment and upon Class Members’ terminations. Plaintiffs allege that these practices resulted in violations of California Labor Code sections 204 (Failure to Pay All Wages Earned); 1194, 1197, and 1197.1 (Failure to Pay Minimum Wage); 510 and 1198 (Failure to Pay Overtime Wages); 201-203 (Failure to Pay All Wages Upon Termination); 226(a) (Failure to Provide Accurate, Itemized Pay Statements); 1174(d) (Failure to Keep Records); 226.7 and 512(a) (Unpaid Meal Period Premiums); 226.7 (Unpaid Rest Period Premiums); and 2802 (Unreimbursed Business Expenses); as well as Business and Professions Code section 17200, et seq., (Unlawful Business Practices); and Labor Code section 2698, et seq., (California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act). Plaintiffs allege, among other things, that these violations resulted in underpayment of wages to Class Members. Plaintiffs also seek civil penalties related to these claims. Plaintiffs seeks to maintain a class action for their claims on behalf of themselves and all persons who have been employed or are currently employed by GPI as non-exempt or hourly-paid employees in a production position within the Settlement Class Period in California. GPI denies the claims and contentions alleged by the Plaintiffs. Defendant denies all charges of wrongdoing or liability against them arising out of the conduct, statements, acts or omissions alleged, or that could have been alleged, in the Complaint or Action. Defendant also denies, inter alia, that the Plaintiffs or the Class Members were harmed by the conduct alleged in the Complaint. Defendant further denies that the Action is properly maintainable as a class action. To date, the Court has not made any findings that Defendant engaged in any wrongdoing or in any wrongful conduct or otherwise acted improperly or in violation of any state or federal law, rule or regulation.