Three employees have filed a lawsuit against their employer, Vail Resorts, alleging the company “systematically fails to pay its hourly employees for all hours worked” and repeatedly violates federal and state labor laws in California, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
“Vail Resorts has exploited plaintiffs and thousands of other seasonal employees in violation of federal and state labor laws for years, and these egregious practices continue to the present. This action seeks to hold Vail Resorts responsible for its misconduct, fairly compensate plaintiffs and other similarly situated current and former Vail Resorts employees for damages preliminarily estimated to total more than $100 million.”
– states the lawsuit
Colorado residents Randy Dean Quint and John Linn, and California resident Mark Molina filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Colorado on December 3rd and seek class-action status.
The men, who worked at Beaver Creek, CO, list traveling on company buses to and from employee parking lots, the time spent putting on company uniforms and equipment, and job training as examples of unpaid “off the clock” time for employees such as instructors, lift scanners, and lift operators. They estimate damages to all affected current and former employees will exceed $100 million.
“All told, Vail Resorts fails to pay snow sports instructors for more than 2.5 hours of work per day in violation of the (Fair Labor Standards Act) and applicable state law.”
– states the lawsuit
Quint alone alleges he is owed $8,363 in unpaid wages plus $17,178 in unpaid overtime. He claims he was usually paid for 30 to 50 hours a week but often worked a dozen or more hours unpaid.
Earlier this year, Apple lost a similar class-action lawsuit brought by its employees disgruntled with having to go through security checks that could take 10-20 minutes after they had clocked off. The unpaid time claimed by the plaintiffs cost Apple as much as $60 million across 12,400 former and current employees.