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$2 Million Settlement Reached in Stericycle Employee Wage Class Action

Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq. | Associate Counsel


On February 5, 2018, plaintiffs in the Stericycle Inc. employee wage dispute class action asked U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt to grant preliminary approval for a $2 million settlement agreement.

The suit was originally filed by named plaintiff, Sergio Gutierrez, in Los Angeles Superior Court in 2014. Plaintiff argued that the defendant medical waste disposal company denied its employees proper breaks, rounded payroll time thus cheating employees out of wages for time spent working and failed to compensate employees for time spent changing into their company-required uniform. 

Further, the complaint alleges that Stericycle failed to include all bonuses in employees’ overtime rate, in addition to not providing statutory meal breaks. The case was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in October 2015. Gutierrez passed away before a resolution could be reached and was replaced by lead plaintiffs Kenneth Moniz and Kevin Henshaw.

The class itself is comprised of around 985 California Stericyle employees who worked for the company between August 14, 2010 and September 18, 2017. Stericycle has 28 locations in California.

The case is: Sergio Gutierrez v. Stericycle Inc., Case No.: 2:15-cv-08187, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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