Supreme Court Denies Review of Reimbursement Case

Clothing store workers alleged they were required to buy clothing from their employers as a condition of their employment, and were required to travel between locations without mileage reimbursement. Class certification was denied at the trial court level. The Court of Appeal held the plaintiffs couldn’t prove class-wide liability because written policies didn’t require the clothing purchase, and the policies in question were vague about what employees were required to wear. The trial court ruled that too much individual inquiry would be required to decide why the employees in question bought clothing from Wet Seal. Additionally, while the company had a reimbursement policy that was legal, it was the practice of how that policy was dealt with in each store that differed, which made certification not appropriate. On January 30, 2013 the California Supreme Court denied review and depublication of the decision. Morgan v. Wet Seal, Inc.

2017-03-02T21:51:38+00:00 March 7th, 2013|General Labor Law|