Costco has been sued by a California employee on accusations that the retailer locks employees in the store against their will while managers close stores. Employees are not paid for the extra time they spend in the store waiting on a manager to let them out.“They’ve been locking people in at the end of the day, clocking people out and making them wait for a manager to let them out,” David Sanford, Pytelewski’s lawyer, said in a phone interview. “They claim it’s because of loss prevention or security concerns. That doesn’t make any sense. Even if you have loss prevention or security concerns, you still have to pay people.”

The complaint seeks to represent several hundred Costco workers in California.

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