BY: Jason J. Thompson | IN: Class Action & Commercial Litigation, Employment Law
A federal overtime lawsuit brought on behalf of current and former FedEx Ground service managers recently settled for $2 million. The lawsuit – Bozak v. FedEx Ground Package System Inc. – was filed in May 2011 and claimed that line-haul service managers were mislabeled as exempt from overtime pay, despite frequently performing the work of hourly employees.
FedEx denied the allegations, asserting that the managers’ employment classification was proper under the “administrative exemption” of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which requires that:
According to the FLSA, even if employees hold a “manager” job title, they may still be entitled to overtime if the exemption test is not met. Likewise, written job descriptions do not control whether the employees are exempt from overtime; rather, courts review employees’ actual job duties and experiences to determine whether their eligibility for overtime pay. If the exemption criteria are not met, employees are entitled to overtime pay at one and one-half times their regular rate for all work over 40 hours in a workweek.
If you believe your employer has misclassified you as an exempt employee, contact Sommers Schwartz’s Wage & Hour Litigation attorneys for a free consultation – we’re here to help.
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Jason Thompson is a nationally board certified trial attorney and co-chairs Sommers Schwartz’s Complex Litigation Department. He has a formidable breadth of litigation experience, including class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL), and practices nationwide in both state and federal courts.