A class action lawsuit filed by 470 bank employees in Pittsburgh is scheduled to go to trial in April. The plaintiffs allege they were denied overtime compensation and misclassified as “assistant branch managers” by Citizens Financial Group.
The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that hourly workers must be compensated at overtime rates if they work more than 40 hours in a week. Salaried workers are exempt from this law, but must meet a certain criteria in order to be classified as exempt.
In order to qualify for the overtime exemption, the employees on salary must be in a management role of a department and direct or supervise a minimum of at least two other employees.
The plaintiffs claimed that they did not perform any management duties while working as assistant managers, but were classified as management so Citizens Financial could avoid paying overtime rates. The employees are seeking back pay plus damages.
If you have been misclassified or denied pay that you earned, please contact our office for a free consultation. You could be entitled to damages for past due wages.
Tip of the week: Employers in the United State paid out 18 percent more to settle wage disputes in 2012 than they did in 2011, according to a study from the National Economic Research Associates.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles wage dispute attorneys