Zara Agrees to $1.25M Settlement in Overtime Pay Dispute

Zara, the fast-fashion retailer, has agreed to a $1.25 million settlement to resolve allegations that it failed to include commissions in overtime pay calculations for approximately 500 employees. This agreement, which requires approval from a New York federal judge, was detailed in a letter filed by the employees’ attorneys at Fitapelli & Schaffer.

The plaintiff filed the lawsuit against Zara in May 2020, alleging that the company did not properly include commissions in the calculation of overtime pay, violating the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). He asserted that Zara was aware of this violation by mid-2018 but continued the improper pay practices until at least mid-2019.

In May 2021, Plaintiff’s lawsuit was certified as a collective action, encompassing stock and sales associates, cashiers, and other hourly employees at U.S. Zara stores for overtime work between May 2017 and July 2019.

Prior to the settlement, 479 workers joined the collective action. As part of the settlement, the lead plaintiff, who is a former Zara employee, would be awarded $25,000 for his role in the lawsuit. After applicable fees, the remaining funds will be distributed to the employees affected by Zara’s alleged underpayment, based on a formula designed to ensure fair compensation.

Retail workers experiencing issues with overtime pay calculations are invited to consult with our legal team for free. We can evaluate your case and provide the necessary legal assistance, as demonstrated by our successful representation of the Zara employees.