Tapia v Sterling Jewelers

What is this case about

Sterling Jewelers Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Defendant Signet Jewelers LTD, (“Sterling Jewelers” and/or “Defendant(s)”) is the largest specialty retail jeweler in the United States with over 1,300 stores located in 50 States, including the nationally recognized Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, and operates under the additional brand names of Goodman Jewelers, LeRoys Jewelers, J.B. Robinson Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Osterman Jewelers, Rogers Jewelers, Belden Jewelers, Shaws Jewelers, Friedlander Jewelers, Weisfield Jewelers. Sterling Jewelers has multiple locations throughout the State of California. See http://www.sterlingjewelers.com/   and http://www.signetjewelers.com/ .  According to its website, Sterling Jewelers “appreciates[s] excellence, and it shows in the many ways [they] reward [their] invaluable Team Members.”  Unfortunately, this translates into employees being subjected to Sterling Jewelers’ egregious California Labor Code violations.

Kathya Tapia has been employed by Ultra Diamonds for 13 years.  Ultra was bought out by Sterling Jewelers Inc. in May 2013.  Ms. Tapia was employed as a non-exempt employee and worked for more than eight (8) hours a day without being paid all wages due. Ms. Tapia, like members of the aggrieved class, is an hourly employee who did not get paid properly nor received overtime compensation when working more than eight (8) hours on any given day or more than forty (40) hours in any given week. Sterling Jewelers failed to provide full thirty-minute duty free meal periods for work days in excess of five (5) hours. Basically, Sterling requires two employees in the store at all times which often forces employees like Ms. Tapia to miss rest breaks and to punch their meal break – if at all – into the 6th or 7th hour. In addition, employees were not  provided a rest period for every three and a half (3.5) hours worked per day, and were not provided compensation of one (1) hour’s pay for each day on which such rest period was not provided. Employees were almost always scheduled to work alone, and thus, had no opportunity to take an uninterrupted rest period as required by the Labor Code. Further, Defendants refused to comply with a lawful request for personnel records under California law. Finally, Sterling Jewelers failed to record accurate time as well as utilized unlawful pay stubs that prevented Plaintiff and the class from learning of these unlawful pay practices. We are currently investigating other potential violations. The conduct of Sterling Jewelers allows them to unfairly compete on the California market.

Am I Eligible?

This class action seeks to represent all current and former employees of the companies listed above who were not paid all overtime earned, wages due, were subject to short, late or missed meal and rest periods, not paid for second meal periods, and were not paid all wages due on separation or termination from the companies.

How Do I Join This Case?

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What Time Frame Does This Case Cover?

The statute of limitations under for employees in California allows you to recover pay for hours worked within 4 years of filing of the lawsuit.

Do I Have To Pay Anything?

You do not have to pay anything to our firm if you join the lawsuit. We are handling this case on a contingency basis. This means we will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief either through a settlement or a final judgment, and that payment will only come out of that settlement or final judgment.

How Do I Prove I Worked Overtime?

Where the employer does not keep accurate time records, most courts permit the employee to make a good faith estimate of overtime hours. You do not need to have proof of the hours you worked and the court will generally accept a good faith estimate of your hours.

How Long Will This Case Take?

The length of a class and collective action such as this varies from case to case. They typically last two years.

How Do I Update My Contact Information?

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What About Retaliation?

Both Federal and State law protects you from retaliation for asserting your rights and, if you suffer retaliation, you may be able to assert additional claims against Sterling Jewelers. If you currently work for Sterling Jewelers and you feel you are the victim of retaliation for participating in this lawsuit, contact us immediately.

How Can I Help?

If you have information that may assist us with this case, please contact Rich Quintilone by phone at (949) 458-9675 x 926 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How Do I Learn More?

To learn more about this case, feel free to contact the lead attorney, Richard E. Quintilone II, Esq. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or, review our Case Status Updates.