MLG Wins Class Certification in Wage Row with Paper Giant

MLG Wins Class Certification in Wage Row with Paper Giant

A California judge on Thursday, May 7, 2015 agreed to grant certification to a class of factory workers that allege improper wage and hour practices at paper and packaging giant RockTenn CP, LLC’s corrugated box facilities. RockTenn is a leading publicly traded manufacturer of paperboard and paper-based packaging in North America, and operates more than 245 facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and China.

In the hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle certified a class of more than one thousand factory workers who contend RockTenn failed to provide meal breaks and rest breaks, and failed to pay minimum wage and overtime amongst other practices in violation of the California Labor Code and applicable Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order.

After nearly three years of litigation, the Honorable Elihu M. Berle of the Los Angeles Superior Court certified Plaintiffs’ meal period class, rest break class, minimum wage class, overtime class, regular rate class, failure to pay all wages to discharged of quitting employees class, failure to maintain required records class, failure to provide itemized statements class, and unlawful business practices class.

The class is represented by Matthew J. Matern, Tagore O. Subramaniam, Launa Adolph, and Dalia Khalili of Matern Law Group.

RockTenn is represented by Chad D. Bernard and Shagha Balali of Jackson Lewis.

The case is Frederick Wilson et al. vs. Rock-Tenn Company et al., case number BC488456, in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

A copy of the Notice of Ruling can be found here.