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Costco Wholesale is being sued by an employee charging tat the company has broken California wage and hour laws by forcing employees to work off the clock and locking them inside stores – and not paying them – while managers performed closing activities at the end of the day.

While the lawyer for the employee who filed the suit says the end-of-day practice constitutes false imprisonment, Costco reportedly has said that it is a matter of security.

The attorneys for the plaintiff are seeking class action status for the suit and have said they are seeking damages and fees of no less than $50 million.
KC's View:
See, I was almost with the employee until we got to the “$50 million” part…which seems like a lot of money for 15 minutes here and there.

The Costco practice, if it actually is as described, doesn’t sound like the best idea in the world. But the lawsuit’s parameters sound a little over the top, to put it mildly.