Safelite to Pay $8.2 Million Settlement

Earlier this week a California Federal Court judge granted a preliminary settlement in the Yadir A. Ontiveros v. Safelite lawsuit. Safelite agreed to pay roughly $8.2 million to settle its labor violation suit, which claimed the company “shortchanged” California workers on wages and breaks.

“The Court finds on a preliminary basis that the class action settlement memorialized in the Settlement Agreement falls within the range of reasonableness and, therefore, the Court preliminarily approves its terms as it meets the requirements for preliminary approval,” a portion of the court documents reads.

The preliminary settlement wasn’t the only matter discussed, as court documents show the judge also conditionally certified a group of classes which included:

  • All current and former non-exempt employees of Safelite who worked in California as a technician, and who were paid pursuant to Safelite’s PPP incentive plan, during September 9, 2011 through April 9, 2017.
  • All current and former non-exempt employees of Safelite who worked in California as a technician, and who were paid pursuant to Safelite’s PPP incentive plan, during June 4, 2013 through April 9, 2017.
  • All current and former non-exempt employees of Safelite who worked in California as a technician, and who were paid pursuant to Safelite’s PPP incentive plan, during September 9, 2014 through April 9, 2017.
  • All current and former non-exempt employees of Safelite who worked in California, and were paid a meal period premium payment, during September 9, 2014 through October 16, 2017.
  • All current and former non-exempt employees of Safelite who worked in California, earned an installation bonus and worked overtime hours during September 9, 2014 through October 16, 2017.

All of the group classes were found to have around 1,000 members, according to the plaintiff’s attorneys.

The original complaint stated Safelite technicians are paid on a “piece-rate basis” but aren’t properly paid for the time they spend cleaning tools, doing administrative work or traveling to different locations for mobile jobs. Ontiveros also claimed workers were not properly paid for their overtime hours worked.

The Court will conduct a final fairness hearing on September 20, 2019 to confirm the overall fairness of the settlement agreement.

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4 Responses to Safelite to Pay $8.2 Million Settlement

  1. Tom says:

    Couldn’t happen to a better company!
    It’s about time!

  2. John says:

    Has this been finalized? When will they be sending out checks?

    • S Washington says:

      It was finalized on Sept 20th 2019, I herd checks should start being mailed out sometime in Dec 2019…but not sure myself?!?! Hopefully soon though!!! “ITS MY MONEY & I WANT IT NOW…” LOL

  3. Greg Carr says:

    How do we go about making sure we’re on that list to get paid should I get represented

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