A federal judge in Florida will allow additional litigants to join a class-action lawsuit against a large home improvement retail chain for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime, according to a press release from the law firm handling the case. The website states the case was given a conditional class certification, allowing any employees whose work duties are similar to the ones performed by the initial plaintiff to join in the lawsuit.
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and claims that employees were purposefully and wrongfully misclassified by the company to avoid paying overtime. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, in order for an employee to be classified as exempt, he or she has to have specific job duties that line up with FLSA policies, and the company must meet certain salary requirements.
PR.com writes that through wrongful employee classification practices, the company saved hundreds of millions of dollars by not having to pay affected employees overtime. The plaintiff's lawsuit seeks payment for attorney's fees, other liquidated damages, back pay and retirement contributions that were not met due to the violations.
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