Employee Pay Lawsuits Against Regal Cinemas Land in Orange County Federal Court

Categories: Court, Labor

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Regal is engaged in off-screen drama
Claims that Regal Entertainment Group and Edwards Theaters violated labor laws by forcing employees to work for free through break periods has landed inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

Though the labor law cases were originally filed in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles, the dispute now will be heard in the Santa Ana courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter.

Primary plaintiffs Martin Orejel and Kelley Mazzei claim that from at least 2008 to 2012 theater management understaffed theaters, required employees to work while clocked out in violation of laws and must pay overtime for the alleged cheating.

But lawyers for the defendants assert that the lawsuits are defective and inaccurate. They want the claims dismissed prior to a trial.

Carter will entertain the parties at a scheduled Oct. 21 hearing.

In April, Regal Entertainment--which has a $2.7 billion in annual revenue, is based in Knoxville and owns more than 7,300 movie screens nationwide--announced it laid off employees in response to the claimed upcoming burdens of Obamacare.

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Mr_KEYboardwarrior
Mr_KEYboardwarrior

i know for a fact , they do this, but sadly the kids were young and naive and need a job and were taken advantages, hell i know for a fact that ice machine were never cleaned and mold are building up in the chamber , and all the trash and popcorn , were swept under the seats , due to laziness and dont give a fuck ( but that changed when a new brown noser supervisor/ lead took over ) i worked for one theatre and it was totally full of politic and favoritism ,and broken promises and are thrown under the bus , and lead to turning a blind eye

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

That's why I sneak in a couple of tall cans everytime I go to the movies. True story.

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