Chalian v. CVS – Training Modules and Unpaid Time


Update: March 1, 2021 – We’re Awaiting the Court’s Final Order Approving our Settlement

Over the past year or so, while we have a settlement agreement with CVS, some people have felt that our settlement was unfair for reasons with which we disagree.

Unfortunately, that’s delayed conclusion of the case which would result in payment to those of you in the class.  While we wish it could be otherwise, we still expect our settlement to be approved by the court.  Obviously, if that settlement is interrupted, then we’ll be filing our Motion for Class Certification should that become necessary.  

But here’s something else.  A lot has happened over the past year.  If you’re a pharmacist, you know that you’ve been more than doing your share of the work.  You’ve been forced to work extra hard, in order to not only fill prescriptions, but to assist in vaccines, whether it’s for Covid or the flu, or something else.

Have you had any problems as work – as far as CVS was concerned, that you felt or feel was unfair?  Have you been accused of ‘working off the clock’ when you were forced to do extra work, duties that had to be done before or after hours?

Or have you been put in dangerous situations because of your environment, such as needle jabs or sticks? Did you have to take time to put up plexiglass, or stickers on the floor, or  provide disinfectant, in order to protect yourself and your customers, time for which you weren’t paid?

If so, maybe you’d want to be helping yourself and your fellow workers.  How about calling us with information about what happened to you?

Or perhaps you know people who are working who have been accused of doing the wrong thing, when there was no way around working extra hours.  Or who had to travel from pharmacy to pharmacy, and not get paid.  Or help out with flu clinics, and not get paid for that travel time or set-up time.  

They or you might want to talk with us, and talk about the hours worked, any breaks missed, any overtime not paid.  Because if you work over 10 hours in a day in California, you’re entitled to a second meal break.  If you didn’t get paid for that, you might be owed an hour’s wage for each day it happened.  

If any of these things apply to you or your colleagues/friends, call 626-795-0205 and we’ll be glad to talk with you and them.  Or email us at tom@falveylaw.com.  Thanks for your help.  We hope to hear from you soon.


Update: June , 2019  – Motion for Class Certification Soon – Or Perhaps Mediation!

We’re scheduled to go to mediation next month, are certainly hopeful that will work out.  But if that doesn’t result in a settlement, then we’ll be filing our Motion for Class Certification in just a few months.

So.  Did you work for CVS in California and do your training at home, for which you were not paid,  in Regions 65 and 72 since December, 2012?  Or, no matter where you worked in California, since That’s right.  This case goes back more than six and a half years.  If so, how about helping yourself and your fellow workers?  How about calling us with information about what happened to you?

Or do you know anyone who worked there in that time who might want to talk with us, and talk about the hours worked, any breaks missed, any overtime not paid?  

Remember: In California, if you miss a rest break, then you’re entitled to one hour’s pay for that day.  You’re entitled to a 10 minute rest break every 4 hours of work.  A break, by the way, is not when you use the restroom.  A break would be if you went outside to walk around the block.  Or to the coffee room, to discuss what you saw on TV last night.  So if you missed a break every day?  You should be calling us.

Or do you have any other comments about your working there or anyplace you worked?  If so, call 626-795-0205 and we’ll be glad to talk with you.  Or email us at tom@falveylaw.com.  Thanks for your help.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Update: March 22, 2018 – The Court Denied CVS’s Attempt To Stop the Case!  We’re Moving Forward!

Were you one of those people who weren’t paid for training time?  We need to hear from you!

And were doing training at home?  Which would show exactly when you emailed in that information to CVS that you had done the training?

Do you keep copies of your earnings statements?  Here’s a bit of advice.  ALWAYS get copies of your earnings statements – if they’re online, download them.  Because even if you were scheduled for a five-day shift of only 6 hours a day, if your training time isn’t shown on that paystub, you are owed unpaid wages.    That’s even true if you worked overnight, say from 10:00 p.m., until 6:00 a.m. the next day.

The current case only covers Regions 65 and 72.  So if you ever worked there, please call us.  But if you didn’t, and you worked in Region 54, 60, 73 or 74, you may want to talk with us as well.  We may be able to file a claim for your unpaid wges.

Please remember this – in California, for the most part, if you work more than 8 hours in a day, you are entitled to overtime.  So if you worked an 8 hour shift at work and then had to do training at home, that should have been paid at time-and-a-half!  

Do yourself and your fellow pharmacists a favor.  Call us if you ever worked for CVS in the past five years and were required to do training off the clock.  Thanks very much.  We hope to hear from you soon.

Case Filed: July 20, 2016 – Training Modules & Unpaid Wages

We hope and assume you were/are aware of our other class actions filed against CVS for pharmacists who worked in California, and which are listed on this website.

Just recently, however, on July 20, 2016 we filed a new proposed class-action lawsuit for California pharmacists who worked in CVS Region 65 and CVSRegion 75 in California, entitled Sevag Chalian v CVS PHARMACY, INC. and CVS RX SERVICES, INC. (the Defendants).  The complaint is attached for your review.

This case is brought for non-exempt pharmacists who were forced to perform training modules during thei time off, and for which they were not paid.  We hope our bringing this case will benefit such pharmacists in terms of their obtaining such wages.

This case is brought on behalf of people who worked as such pharmacists in CVS Region 65 and CVS Region 72 in California at any time since July 20, 2012.  The case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court as Case No. BC 627757 (a copy of the complaint is attached).

In this lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Plaintiffs named above and those people who worked at the same job, Plaintiff claims that CVS did not comply with California law for payment of wages. If successful, a class action allows former and current employees to receive back wages that are owed to them.

The court has not yet ruled on any of Plaintiff’s allegations or determined whether the case is appropriate for class action status.

If you worked for CVS as a pharmacist in the State of California since July 20, 2012 we would like to speak with you.  Please call us  at 818-547-5200 or email us at tom@falveylaw.com.  You can also mail us at 550 North Brand Blvd., 15th Floor, Glendale, California, 91203.

Oftentimes CVS pharmacists are unaware of the region(s) in which they are working or have worked.  If you are or were pharmacist for CVS in California in the past four years, you may be able to help yourself and all those other pharmacists who might be included in this case.

For example, you may have documents relating to your job there, such as copies of checks, schedules, pictures of your training requirements or materials, forms you had to sign, manuals, emails, letters, time-sheets, or instructions  about training, etc.  If you could provide those to us, it might help us and others to see them.

Thanks for all the help you can send our way. Your call or email might go a long way toward helping these pharmacists, and thus the public at large.

But here’s something else.  A lot has happened over the past year.  If you’re a pharmacist, you know that you’ve been more than doing your share of the work.  You’ve been forced to work extra hard, in order to not only fill prescriptions, but to assist in vaccines, whether it’s for Covid or the flu, or something else.

Have you had any problems as work – as far as CVS was concerned, that you felt or feel was unfair?  Have you been accused of ‘working off the clock’ when you were forced to do extra work, duties that had to be done before or after hours?

Or have been put in dangerous situations because of your environment, such as needle jabs or sticks? Did you have to take time to put up plexiglass, or stickers on the floor, or  provide disenfectant, in order to protect yourself and your customers, time for which you weren’t paid?

If so, maybe you’d want to be helping yourself and your fellow workers.  How about calling us with information about what happened to you?

Or perhaps you know people who are working who have been accused of doing the wrong thing, when there was no way around working extra hours.  Or who had to travel from pharmacy to pharmacy, and not get paid.  Or help out with flu clinics, and not get paid for that travel time or set-up time.  

They or you might want to talk with us, and talk about the hours worked, any breaks missed, any overtime not paid.  Because if you work over 10 hours in a day in California, you’re entitled to a second meal break.  If you didn’t get paid for that, you might be owed an hour’s wage for each day it happened.  

If any of these things apply to you or your colleagues/friends, call 626-795-0205 and we’ll be glad to talk with you and them.  Or email us at tom@falveylaw.com.  Thanks for your help.  We hope to hear from you soon.