KROGER employees have claimed they’ve missed paychecks and seen unauthorized deductions after the grocery chain switched to a new payroll system, according to a new lawsuit.
The suit claims that inconsistencies in Kroger’s payroll system, known as “MyTime” or “MyInfo,” started in 2022.
Kroger employees claim that the store’s new payroll system has left them with unauthorized deductions and missed paychecks[/caption]
The lawsuit was filed on January 19 by workers in Virginia and West Virginia as they pursue back pay from the grocer.
It involves employees who worked under the Kroger brand, which includes Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and other grocery stores.
One worker alleged that she worked 79 hours across five weeks, including about 26 hours of employee training, and didn’t get paid.
Another worker claimed there have been many instances in which he was not paid on time and weeks where unauthorized amounts were deducted from his paychecks.
Similarly, a different plaintiff claimed that her copay for spousal insurance was deducted twice from each paycheck for nearly seven weeks.
Though workers have reported the problems to Kroger, they claim that none have been corrected.
A complaint portal set up by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 union has received over a thousand responses from workers, a spokesperson claimed.
“It’s been a disaster,” the spokesperson Jonathan Williams said, according to HuffPost.
“We’ve had people who go weeks without a paycheck, some people who don’t have all the money in their paychecks, and people who are double-charged for things like health insurance, or taxed for [localities where] they don’t live. …
“They’ve been messing up payroll big time.”
The workers believe that the grocery chain hasn’t abided by wage laws on both the federal and state level because they were not compensated for all of their work, HuffPost reported.
The workers’ attorney doesn’t believe that the workers should be responsible for defects of the system.
“The risk of glitches really shouldn’t fall on the employees,” lawyer Matthew Handley said.
“These aren’t the highest-wage jobs out there, and if somebody misses a week of pay — never mind four weeks of pay — that can have some really devastating effects,” he said.
Victims of wage theft could be owed three times the back pay amount under Virginia law, HuffPost reported.
In October, Kroger announced a planned $25billion merger with Albertsons.
Workers and some unions are pushing back because they believe that the billions of dollars set to be paid out to investors could leave the company in a tight position.
The U.S. Sun has reached out to Kroger for comment.