Former CI SECURITY SPECIALISTS (CISS) special events employees filed a putative class action lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. The case seeks unpaid wages and expense reimbursements due to CI SECURITY SPECIALISTS (aka Private Security) special event workers, and Private Attorney General (PAGA) penalties. The legal action seeks to recover unpaid wages. The lawsuit is for workers of CI SECURITY SPECIALISTS, INC. who lived in California and were sent to work at special events such as concerts, music festivals (Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Lightning in a Bottle in Kern County), sports games, or horse races. Many the events were multi day music festivals many miles from the employees’ homes. The violations sued for apply to employees who were paid late even if they have been fully paid all their wages due.

The unpaid wages CISS Security has been sued for include:

    CISS security guards wage and hour class action unpaid wages, paid late, not reimbursed for expenses

  • Workers not being paid for all hours worked.
  • Missing hours or days of work not paid for.
  • Inadequate number of overtime or double time hours paid
  • Waiting in morning check-in lines for 30-40 minutes, or more, without pay.
  • Drive time to special events miles from the employees’ homes.
  • Lack of Meal Breaks, could not leave posts, did not get 30 minutes uninterrupted.
  • Unable to take Uninterrupted 10 Minute Rest Breaks.

CI Security Specialists (CISS) security officers from Coachella are owed expense reimbursements.

The specific legal violations relating to unpaid expense reimbursements include:

  • Not paying for transportation (including time on employer transportation) to distant events.
  • Not paying for lodging (motels, hotels) when working multi-day out of town events.
  • Not paying for food and drinks at multi-day events.
  • Not Reimbursing for cell phones used on the job.

Call 877-525-0700 if you wish to discuss the under payment of money to CI Private Security Service workers


The unique nature of the work at CISS required the employer to reimburse security officers and other special event workers for reasonable expenses incurred in order to perform their jobs. The class action filed by this law firm seeks to recover those expenses. If you have questions about expenses owed for your work at CISS please contact our law firm at 877-525-0700 if you are or were a California employee of CI Security Specialists, Inc.

The putative class action lawsuit for California workers seeks to recover:

  • Cell phone reimbursements because employee cell phones were required to communicate with supervisors and other employees when working.
  • Expenses due to being stuck out of town for multiple days.
  • The cost of food, drinks when stuck at the events without refrigerators, break rooms.
  • Parking at events.
  • Transportation to events.

Even though our law firm has spoken to numerous CISS employees, and has three clients acting as potential class representatives in this lawsuit, it is our goal to speak to as many people as possible who were harmed by CI Security Specialists, Inc. because they were not fully paid. Contact us at 877-525-0700. We have offices in Riverside, San Bernardino, Sherman Oaks, and Bakersfield.


The Employment Lawyers Group filed a lawsuit against CISS that seeks multiple labor penalties. Penalties are sought for late payments of wages, inadequate wage statements, and PAGA penalties including the failure to provide drinking water while security officers were stuck on posts. These penalties go back to 2019 in many instances, and 2022 in other instances. You may be a class member in this lawsuit if you worked for CISS at any time from July of 2019 until the present even if you were finally paid wages not originally paid on time.

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of CISS (CI Security Specialists) workers who worked special events in order to obtain the following penalties:

  • Penalties for failing to pay all wages due at the time employees were fired.
  • PAGA (Private Attorney General) penalties because CISS failed to provide adequate drinking water (lack of availability, could not leave post).
  • Penalties for failing to pay all wages due and owing, according to law, if employees quit.
  • Improper explanations on paystubs.

Our law firm’s investigation into the case reveals CISS employees experienced paystub violations entitling them to penalties for each paystub in which a paystub violation occurred. The problems with the paystubs that did not comply with California Labor Code Section 226 include some of the following, or all of the following:

  1. failing to indicate the correct number of hours class members worked regular, overtime, and double time on their paystubs;
  2. failing to state the correct rate of pay for overtime, double time, and regular wages because the corresponding hours on the checks did not match the actual number of hours worked in those categories;
  3. checks exist which merely state an amount of money without any explanation. It is unknown if taxes are taken, whether the computation is gross or net, how many hours are being paid for, what the hourly rates are, whether the pay is overtime, double time, regular and for how many hours, the dates of the pay period, some manner of identifying the employee as California Labor Code Section 226(a)(7) requires;
  4. the name of the employer on the checks includes an entity named Diamond Pero, LLC which is not the employer and/or paystubs state, “Diamond Pero, LLC,” and sometimes “Diamond Pero, LLC L.F. CISS” when CISS is not the name of the Defendant, and Diamond Pero, LLC L.F. CISS purports to portray an employer that is not the employer and for which there is not a known legal entity in California;
  5. The address of the employer on the checks is also incorrect; e) the paystubs fail to correctly state the rate and number of meal and/or rest break penalties paid;

Contact our firm at 877-525-0700 to see if you are part of the case filed for Labor Code penalties against CI Security Specialists