Clarence Davids faces class-action lawsuit for improper deductions

April 5, 2017 -  By
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A stock photo of the Clarence Davids & Co. staff from 2013, two years before the suit was filed.

Clarence Davids & Co., a landscape design, install and maintenance company based in Matteson, Ill., is facing a class-action lawsuit based on a claim that it took improper deductions from workers’ paychecks.

The case, which was recently granted by a U.S. District Court judge in a Chicago federal court, claims the company recovered the cost of uniforms by taking deductions from employee paychecks without written authorization. The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act requires employers get written authorization for any deductions taken out of employees’ paychecks, CookCountyRecord.com reports.

Though Clarence Davids & Co. claims that it has had several different uniform deduction policies, the company admits employees were not required to fill out forms accepting this deduction. In 2013, the company claims that it began having all employees fill out standard forms for the deductions.

The suit, which was originally filed in 2015 by four former workers who performed maintenance and landscaping work, is backed by a group of current and former workers.

Clarence Davids & Co. is No. 96 on the LM150 list of top revenue-generating firms with a 2015 revenue of $18,000,000. Started by Clarence Davids in 1951, the company has three offices in the Chicago Metropolitan region, where it serves clients as diverse as single-family homes and corporate properties, like campuses and hospitals. Davids’ son Bill Davids, who was named the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association’s 2017 Man of the Year in December, is now the principal of the company.

Read the full story at CookCountyRecord.com.

Photo: Clarence Davids & Co.

About the Author:

Dillon Stewart graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism with specializations in business and political science. Stewart is a former associate editor of LM.

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