BY: Kevin J. Stoops | IN: Class Action & Commercial Litigation, Employment Law
Allegations have surfaced that Jack Rabbit Services, LLC and Jack Rabbit USA, LLC misclassified employees working as roadside assistance technicians to avoid paying overtime to those workers. Such a practice violates the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to a federal class action lawsuit initiated earlier this year by the law firm of Sommers Schwartz, P.C., the companies are believed to have wrongfully classified their roadside assistance technicians as independent contractors rather than employees to avoid paying them their hard-earned overtime pay. It is claimed that each technician was shorted thousands of dollars to which they may be entitled.
In May 2014, the Court granted nationwide conditional certification for a class that potentially includes all of Jack Rabbit’s current and former roadside assistance technicians, and also appointed Sommers Schwartz as class counsel. As a result, approximately one thousand current and former technicians received notice of the lawsuit and were given an opportunity to join as plaintiffs in the case.
To participate in any financial recovery, however, those workers needed to come forward and formally opt into the suit.
The Jack Rabbit litigation is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Sommers Schwartz attorneys are still interviewing workers from across the country to determine if their rights were violated and, if so, the amount of unpaid wages they may be owed.
If you have worked as a Jack Rabbit roadside assistance technician and suspect that your employer misclassified you as an independent contractor in order to evade its overtime obligations, please contact the attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Class Action Litigation Group to discuss your situation and learn how we can help.
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Kevin Stoops is an experienced trial attorney who appears frequently in Michigan state courts and federal courts across the United States, representing clients in complex business litigation. He has vast experience and a track record of successful outcomes high-dollar matters involving trade secret, business tort, intellectual property, executive employment, and class action claims.