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The Case of the Teen Lifeguards: Is Splash Kingdom Breaking the Law?

Throughout the course of American history, workers have sought fairness - in workplace conditions, in the number of hours on the job, and in their wages. This holds true for workers in all jobs, and for workers of all types, from teens to young adults to mid- and late-career workers.

Work life today generally isn't so bad, at least in the U.S., where a variety of employment laws protect workers from mistreatment and injustice. But that doesn't mean mistreatment and injustice doesn't happen.

Take Splash Kingdom, for example, and the many young people who work there.

Overtime, Breaks, and Timecards

As the largest water park in the Inland Empire, Splash Mountain is a big employer, especially for young people on summer jobs. This makes following the law very important.

But Splash Kingdom doesn't appear to be following the law:

  • Overtime: In general, an employer is required to pay time-and-a-half for any hours worked over 40, for non-salaried workers.
  • Breaks: Workers are entitled to daily breaks, including lunch breaks.
  • Timecards: Workers "punch in" and "punch out" at the beginning and end of every shift - and deserve payment for every minute of time spent on the job.

Is Splash Kingdom Breaking the Law?

As reported by the San Bernardino Sun in May, Splash Kingdom faces allegations that it fails to pay overtime, doesn't allow employees to take lunch breaks, and requires workers to show up 15 minutes early to start work - but doesn't compensate for that time.

Most troubling is an allegation that workers are required to hand their timecards to their managers. These managers then punch in and punch out for them, and may be writing in the wrong in and out times.

Call 800-401-4530

If you have a son or daughter who works at Splash Kingdom and has told you about these kinds of unfair practices, or you've worked at Splash Kingdom and experienced them for yourself, call the Los Angeles law firm of Girardi | Keese at 800-401-4530 for legal advice.

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