Some 1,200 workers at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport (LAX) hotel will share a $2.5 million settlement to a class-action suit that alleged the hotel withheld wages, failed to pay overtime and failed to provide meal and rest breaks to workers from 2004 to 2011. Hilton agreed to settle the suit filed in 2008.
Juan Banales, a Hilton LAX cook of nearly 20 years, says:
For years, I was unable to take breaks. The law says you have the right to take breaks. It's a shame we had to file a lawsuit to get the hotel to understand that.
Tom Walsh, president of UNITEHERE! Local 11, the union representing 20,000 hospitality workers in Southern California, says:
Since this lawsuit was filed, hundreds of workers at hotels near LAX have won union contracts that guarantee breaks and workers' right to negotiate fair wages and benefits. Instead of choosing to respect workers, the Hilton LAX has taken the low road, fighting its own employees. I hope this expensive lawsuit teaches the Hilton LAX owners to respect the workers who make it successful.
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