Disagreeing with Batze v. Safeway, Inc. (2017) 10 Cal.App.5th 440, this decision holds that Amrican Pipe tolling applies to this later-brought individual suit on the same Labor Code violations alleged in two prior putative class actions, both alleging that Staples misclassified its store managers as exempt employees even though they spent more than 50% of their work time performing functions of rank and file employees.  The prior class actions alleged the same claims as Hildebrant alleged in this follow-on individual suit.  And the prior class actions–in both of which certification was denied–gave the employer adequate notice of the nature of the claims and the generic identity of the members of the putative class, all of whom the employer could easily identify.  So the class actions gave the employer adequate notice to preserve the evidence applicable to the store managers’ misclassification claims.