Recruiters working for Dr. Pepper Snapple Group are claiming the company wrongfully denied them overtime compensation in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. According to the allegations, the recruiters worked between 40 and 50 hours per week, but were never paid an overtime premium.
As part of their entry-level job duties, the Dr. Pepper Snapple recruiters are required to locate candidates for job opportunities with the organization, yet do not have the authority to interview, hire, or fire the candidates. Normally, employees who do not possess this type of authority are classified as “non-exempt” workers, generally entitled to overtime protection. Dr. Pepper Snapple, however, pays the recruiters a salary and designates them as “exempt” employees in what is believed to be an attempt to circumvent state and federal wage laws and to avoid paying overtime.
The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Wage & Hour Litigation Group are currently interviewing Dr. Pepper Snapple recruiters to uncover the facts behind these accusations. If you or someone you know worked as a recruiter for Dr. Pepper Snapple, please contact us today for a free consultation.