Sports Authority Class Action Settlement of Employee Wage and Hour Lawsuit Given Final Court Approval.
A federal judge has given final approval to the The Sports Authority class action settlement of the lawsuit filed against The Sports Authority in the U.S. District for the Northern District of California in Oakland (styled as Khanh Nielson v. The Sports Authority Case No. C 11-4724 SBA) alleging, among other things, that certain Sports Authority retail employees were subject to off-the-clock mandatory security checks of their personal belongings when they left the store, according to the Court’s order granting plaintiffs motion for final approval of the The Sports Authority class action settlement.
The Sports Authority class action settlement reportedly included all persons who are and/or were employeed as non-exempt retail employees by TSA Stores, Inc. d/b/a Sports Authority, in the State of California from August 22, 2007 through the present. According to the final approval order, the Sports Authority class action settlement resolved plaintiffs’ wage and hour claims in the gross amount of $2,500,000.
The Court reportedly considered “the strength of the plaintiffs’ case; the risk, expense, complexity, and likely duration of further litigation; the risk of maintaining class action status throughout the trial; the amount offered in settlement; the extent of discovery completed and the stage of the proceedings; the experience and views of counsel; the presence of a governmental participant; and the reaction of the class members to the proposed settlement” and found that the Sports Authority settlement was fair, reasonable, and adequate.