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Published on February 28, 2024
CVS Pharmacy Settles for Over $95K with Seattle for Scheduling Ordinance ViolationsSource: Google Street View

In a recent shake-up for the pharmacy chain, the Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has landed a hefty settlement with CVS Pharmacy over its scheduling practices. The regulatory body charged the drugstore giant with failing to follow the city's Secure Scheduling Ordinance (SSO), which calls for employees to be paid for changes in their schedule initiated by the employer. CVS, in response to the accusations, agreed to shell out $88,260.85 in financial remuneration to 38 workers and will fork over an additional $6,695.64 penalty fee to the City of Seattle.

But this ain't the first rodeo for CVS about labor infractions in the Emerald City. The company had previously been embroiled in similar disputes, one involving alleged breaches of both the Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) ordinance and the SSO, affecting 34 employees spanning several CVS locations from 2014 to 2018. The first incident concluded with CVS paying back $14,150.19 to its workers.

Steven Marchese, the director of the Office of Labor Standards, underscored the significance of the settlement, stating, "Workers need reliable schedules for their well-being and productivity. Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance enables workers to plan their personal lives, manage child and elder care responsibilities, and maintain good health. Covered employers cannot unfairly deny workers these protections without serious consequences, especially when there have been repeated alleged violations." as stated on

The story unfolds as CVS continues to operate on a large scale, with over 500 employees scattered throughout their five Seattle outposts. While the settlement brings closure to this chapter of the company's labor disputes, it also casts a light on the ongoing conversation about employee rights, particularly when it comes to big businesses with a vast workforce. It stands as a reminder that the issues of workers' rights and corporate responsibility are never far from the surface in today's work environment.