A California judge has approved a $2.8 million settlement by CVS Pharmacy Inc. CVS had been sued in a class action lawsuit, alleging that the chain improperly forced hundreds of Southern California pharmacists to work seven days straight without overtime. This is the first settlement involving six separate suits that the retailer is facing over the practice. The suit was filed in August 2012, alleging CVS was improperly forcing its pharmacists to work seven days in a row without paying overtime for the seventh. This is a violation of a state law that mandates pharmacists be given a day off after six days of work.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Shepard Wiley gave final approval to the settlement which involves claims of 627 CVS pharmacists working in one region. There will likely be settlements now in the remaining lawsuits that involved pharmacists in the other CVS regions.
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