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Super Bowl 50 Worker Sues Over Unpaid Wages, Lack Of Breaks

SANTA CLARA (KCBS) – A new lawsuit claims many people who staffed Levi's Stadium during Super Bowl 50 were not paid for all of the hours they worked, which could eventually apply to thousands of workers.

Concession worker Gabriel Thompson says he worked a 17-hour shift for the Super Bowl but was not paid for hours he spent on or waiting for company shuttles to the stadium.

Attorney Caren Senser, who represents the plaintiff, told KCBS, "The employees were entitled to be paid for all hours that they worked, and because this extended the hours beyond 12 hours in the day, they are actually entitled to double time for all the hours that they worked after 12."

Sencer said Thompson and others were also not given required breaks.

"California is very protective of workers in that role. And there were long and hard fights in order to get meal periods and rest periods and effective mechanisms to enforce the employee's rights to have meal and rest periods. And they seemed to completely disregard them," the attorney said.

The lawsuit targets Centerplate as well as company executives. Sencer said she's seeking class-action status for the lawsuit and it could eventually cover as many as 3,000 workers.

Centerplate has yet to respond to requests for comment.

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