CPI Portrait Studio Class Action
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CPI Portrait Studio Class Action

By Sarah Pierce

Sears Portrait Studio(LEGAFI) -- One of the nation’s largest portrait studio operators is facing a class action lawsuit over unpaid wages. According to the lawsuit, Consumer Programs Incorporated (CPI) allegedly owes back pay to thousands of employees who work at Sears Portrait Studios, Wal-Mart Picture Me Portrait Studios and Babies ‘R’ Us Kiddie Kandids.


Employees allege in the class action lawsuit that CPI requires them to work off the clock before, during or after their scheduled shift in order to perform required tasks or to continue helping customers without pay. The employees claim they are often asked to work during their lunch break even though they’re required to clock out for an hour during this time, and are often required to work over 40 hours a week or more than eight hours a day, including holidays, without overtime pay. Hourly employees are also required to participate in district-wide meetings, but are not compensated for time spent travelling to and participating in these meetings. The lawsuit also alleges employees are required to spend their own money to purchase cleaning supplies for the studio and props and toys used in photography sessions, without reimbursement, to ensure the customer gets what they want.


The class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of all hourly employees who worked at any Consumer Programs Incorporated portrait studio within the past three years and have not received full compensation for all hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act. If approved, the class action lawsuit will seek unpaid wages, including minimum and overtime wages, and liquidated damages on behalf of all current and former employees nationwide.


The CPI portrait studio class action lawsuit alleges violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violation of Wisconsin State overtime, wage, and meal and break period laws. A copy of the class action complaint can be read here.



Updated September 2nd, 2010

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