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Caso Rgis Wrent Et Al en California Judge Spero

Caso Rgis Wrent Et Al en California Judge Spero

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTNORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIATRISHA WREN, ET AL.,Plaintiffs,v.RGIS INVENTORY SPECIALISTS,Defendant.______________________________/ This Order Relates to:ALL CASES______________________________/ Case No. C-06-05778 JCS (CONSOLIDATED)
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TOFACILITATE NOTICE PURSUANT TO 29U.S.C. § 216(b)I.INTRODUCTION
In this consolidated action, Plaintiffs assert claims on behalf of employees of DefendantRGIS Inventory Specialists (“RGIS”) under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S.C. §201
et seq.
Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ Motion to Facilitate Notice Pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 216(b)(“Motion”), in which Plaintiffs seek conditional certification of two classes of RGIS employees sothat they can obtain discovery regarding the identities of potential class members and send out acourt-approved notice of the action to those individuals. A hearing on the Motion was held onDecember 14, 2007, at 9:30 a.m. For the reasons stated below, the Motion is GRANTED. // 
 
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Additional background information about this action, as well as similar actions filed in Oregonand Texas by Plaintiffs’ counsel, can be found in the Court’s January 30, 2007 Order addressingDefendants’ motion to dismiss in the
Wren
action and the Court’s June 11, 2007 Order Denying Motionfor an Order Declaring “Opt-ins” Invalid.
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The Consolidated Complaint also alleges that Plaintiffs include certain salaried employees.Consolidated Complaint, ¶¶ 2-3. However, those Plaintiffs are not included in the classes for whomconditional certification is sought.
See
Notice of Motion at 1 (setting forth class definitions for proposedclasses).2
II.BACKGROUND
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A.First Amended Consolidated Complaint
This consolidated action began as two separate actions: 1)
Wren v. RGIS InventorySpecialists
, Case No. C-06-05778, initiated on September 20, 2006 (“the
Wren
Case”); and 2)
Piper v. RGIS Inventory Specialists,
Case No. C-07-00032, filed January 4, 2007 (“the
Piper 
Case”). OnJune 6, 2007, the Court consolidated the two actions, and a consolidated complaint was filed onJune 26, 2007 (“Consolidated Complaint”). In the Consolidated Complaint, nineteen namedplaintiffs have asserted claims under the FLSA on behalf of a nationwide class. In addition, statelaw claims are asserted under California, Oregon, Illinois, and Washington law on behalf of individuals working in those states.Plaintiffs are employees of RGIS, alleged by Plaintiffs to be “the world’s largest inventorycompany,” with over 400 offices worldwide and over 400,000 employees. Consolidated Complaint, ¶ 4. In the United States, RGIS has 258 offices, including 24 in California, 3 in Oregon, and 5 inWashington.
 Id 
. The named plaintiffs are “current and former employees of RGIS who have beenemployed as hourly employees in the positions of inventory ‘auditors,’ ‘product specialists,’‘merchandising specialists,’ ‘assistant team leaders,’ ‘team leaders,’ and/or ‘associate’ or ‘assistantarea managers,’” referred to by Plaintiffs as “Auditor Employees.”
 Id 
., ¶ 2.
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 According to Plaintiffs, the “vast majority of RGIS’ employees are ‘auditors,’ whom RGISemploys to measure and record the inventories of retail establishments.”
 Id 
., 42. Theseinventories are performed at the retail stores and are classified as either “local inventories” or“travel/meet” inventories.
 Id 
., ¶ 33. With respect to the former, RGIS does not providetransportation for its employees.
 Id 
. For the latter, RGIS establishes a “meet site,” where employees
 
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3assemble at a specific time to be transported to the inventory site, either in an RGIS-owned vehicleor in car-pools arranged by RGIS.
 Id 
.Plaintiffs allege that RGIS has a policy and practice of not compensating Plaintiffs for “thetime spent waiting for employer-provided transportation to or from a job site, time spent traveling incompany transportation, time spent waiting for an inventory to begin at a job site, time spentmeeting with managers and other employees before the start of work on a job site, and time spentdonning and doffing the equipment that RGIS requires Plaintiffs and putative class members to wearand that is essential to the performance of their duties.”
 Id 
., ¶ 50.
B.The Motion
In the Motion, Plaintiffs seek conditional certification of two classes:All non-exempt hourly employees of RGIS Inventory Specialists, nowoperating as RGIS, LLC, who were, are, or will be employed asauditors during the period of three years prior to the commencement of this action through the date of judgment of this action.All non-exempt hourly employees of RGIS Inventory Specialists, nowoperating as RGIS, LLC, who were, are, or will be employed asassistant [ ] team leaders, team leaders, and assistant or associate areamanagers of RGIS during the period of three years prior to thecommencement of this action though the date of judgment of thisaction.Notice of Motion at 1. In addition, Plaintiffs seek appointment of the following individuals as classrepresentatives: Cynthia Piper, Tephine Saites, Kimberly Cassara, Rabecka Sheldranti, VictoriaThompson, Melanie Manos, Norma Garcia, Cheryl Pierson, Sally Rosenthal, Nicole Verbick, andMargaret Martinez.
 Id 
. Plaintiffs further request leave to mail a court-approved notice to potentialclass members, as well as an order compelling RGIS to produce computer-readable data-filescontaining the addresses and telephone numbers for the potential class members.
 Id 
. In addition tomailing the notices, Plaintiffs request authorization to post the notice on their website,www.rgisovertime.com.
 Id 
. Plaintiffs propose that putative class members should be given 90 daysto file consents to join this action with a third-party administrator.
 Id 
. at 2.In support of the request for conditional certification, Plaintiffs point to evidence they assertis sufficient to show – at least under the lenient standard that is applied at the conditionalcertification stage of a case – that the putative plaintiffs have been subjected to uniform RGIS

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