Les Schwab will pay $16 million to Oregon employees to settle class-action over lunch breaks

More than 3,700 Les Schwab Tire Centers employees in Oregon are due to receive $2,500 checks as part of a settlement over a 2017 class-action lawsuit that alleged the chain hadn’t given workers enough time for lunch.


The suit alleged the Schwab employees hadn’t received the full lunch breaks that Oregon law requires for hourly employees. Oregon employers must provide employees with at least a 30-minute unpaid meal period when the work period is six hours or greater. The law requires an uninterrupted period in which the employee is relieved of all duties. No meal period is required if the work period is less than six hours.


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