fair labor standards act (FLSA)
federal appeals court upholds $35.6 million judgment against Family Dollar
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a $35.6 million judgment against Family Dollar Stores Inc. originally handed down by a Tuscaloosa, Ala., federal jury in 2006. The jury said the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by wrongly classifying employees as store managers in order to deny them overtime pay.
fair labor standards act (flsa) laws guarantee overtime pay for employees who work over 40 hours a week
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) laws require overtime compensation be paid (at time and one-half) for all “hours worked” over a prescribed “threshold” (typically 40 hours per week), for “nonexempt” employees. FLSA lawsuits typically seek recovery for unpaid or underpaid back wages, plus double damages (called “liquidated damages”) and attorneys’ fees.
Beasley Allen has recently filed a number of cases on behalf of employees of have been improperly denied rightful payment of overtime benefits at their job. These FLSA cases are typically filed as “collective actions” on behalf of a group of employees.
In addition to the FLSA, many states have their own causes of action that mirror the protections provided under the federal scheme – in some instances the states offer greater protections. We are certainly interested in reviewing any case where an individual is routinely working in excess of 40 hours a week and has little or no discretion in many of their daily activities, or is performing the same type tasks as employees who are paid hourly.
We are also interested in reviewing cases where individuals work long hours but end up not receiving compensation for certain hours worked, or make less than the equivalent federal minimum wage for certain hours worked.