imageSkechers Reaches Overtime Settlement

Skechers USA Inc., the Manhattan Beach based maker of sneakers and platform shoes, said Monday that it had reached a preliminary agreement to pay $1.8 million to settle two lawsuits that claimed the firm improperly classified California store managers as exempt from overtime.

The company's proposed settlement also covers a lawsuit that claimed Skechers wrongly deducted the cost of work uniforms from employee wages, Salomon sock the company said.

California law makes it easier for store managers and Asics gelquantum 363 SHIFT assistant managers to qualify for overtime than federal law, which most companies use as a payroll benchmark. In recent years, RadioShack Corp. paid $29.9 million and Starbucks Corp. paid $18 million to settle similar overtime lawsuits.

Skechers said it would take a pretax charge of $1.8 million, ASICS GT2003 or about 3 cents a share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 to cover the settlement.

Under the settlement, Skechers did not admit to violating California law and ECCO did not change its operating procedures, company spokesman David Weinberg said.