7/25/2014 6:47:00 AM,
Philip A. Janquart
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge has preliminarily approved a $1.4 million settlement reached between Delta Airlines Inc. and workers who say they were cheated out of wages.
Andrew Bell worked for Delta from March 2012 to August 2012 as a part-time Ready Reserve Cargo Customer Agent at San Francisco International Airport, according to a class action complaint he filed in California's Northern District in April 2013.
He alleges Delta has a policy of paying Ready Reserve employees two weeks after the work is done, not allowing them to take meal and rest breaks, making them work "off the clock," failing to pay them overtime and not providing accurate wage statements. He claims violation of several of California's provisions under the California Labor Code, the Private Attorney General Act and the California Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order.
The class includes all Ready Reserve Employees who worked for Delta in California beginning March 18, 2009 through March 17, 2014.
"The court grants preliminary approval of the class settlement Agreement," said U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in an order issued on Tuesday. "The court finds that the settlement is fair, adequate and reasonable to the class."
If the settlement is finalized, Delta will pay $1,415,444 to the class, which now seeks $353,861 in attorneys' fees.
A final approval hearing is set for October 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. in San Francisco.