Fastenal settles labor dispute

Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal has reached a preliminary class action lawsuit settlement agreement with a group of assistant general managers.

The employees had alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as state labor laws in California, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Further claims, made by California employees specifically, argued the company did not give sufficient meal breaks and paid rest periods to assistant general managers, a violation of the California Labor Code.

The company will pay $10 million to “fully resolve all claims,” according to a statement. Fastenal said it doesn’t expect the settlement to affect its operational results next month.

Fastenal operates 2,289 construction and industrial supply stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Singapore, the Netherlands and China.