Ma Labs Workers Pocket Class Cert. In Time-Shaving Suit

By Kat Greene (October 10, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT) -- A California judge certified a class of workers alleging that information technology distributor Ma Laboratories Inc. was shaving time off their hours worked, finding Thursday that workers are under their employers' control as soon as they are on the clock, even if they aren't doing any actual work.

Judge Peter H. Kirwan certified the class and its division into several subclasses depending on the type of work that was done or the time worked, according to the decision.

The court found that even workers who are sitting around at the beginning of their shifts smoking cigarettes and waiting for instructions are...

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