Unpaid hours and overtime collective and class actions
Madia Law Represents Employees in Unpaid Wages, Unpaid Overtime, and Unlawful Deductions Cases
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA), and Wisconsin law mandate that employers:
1) pay their employees at least the minimum wage for all hours worked;
2) pay their employees time and a half for overtime worked; and
3) allow their employees reasonable breaks for meals and use of the restroom.
Additionally, Wisconsin law and the MFLSA / Minnesota Payment of Wages Act prohibit employers from making deductions from employees’ wages to cover employer costs.
These statutes allow employees to bring cases together – or collectively – in order help even the odds against the employer. In some cases, courts allow employees to proceed as a class in a traditional class action. Either way – whether in a collective action or class action – you can rest assured knowing that Madia Law will aggressively represent you and your coworkers to make sure that your employer pays what it owes.
Madia Law represented “Maria” – a housekeeper at a hotel run by a national hotel management company. The company mandated that Maria and her coworkers work 20-30 minutes off-the-clock in the morning, before their shifts, as well as 30-60 minutes off-the-clock in the afternoons several days per week. Additionally, the company denied Maria and her peers meal breaks – and even restroom breaks. Finally, Maria’s supervisor stole the tips left for housekeepers by hotel guests. Madia Law won collective and class certification for the housekeepers in federal court. After two years of litigation, the company settled the case for an average recovery of $20,000 per plaintiff.
The Fair Labor Standards Act mandates that employers pay non-exempt employees at least minimum wage for all hours worked, and time and a half for all hours worked over 40 per week. It also allows employees to proceed collectively against their employer to recover their wages. The Fair Labor Standards Act absolutely prohibits “off the clock” work – if your employer requires you to work “off the clock” or perform any work without pay, then you may have a claim. The Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act supplements the federal protections offered by the Fair Labor Standards Act to guarantee protections to Minnesota employees regarding overtime pay, minimum wage, and unlawful deductions.
Please note that every case is different, with its own unique facts. Just because Maria and her peers obtained a large settlement doesn’t mean that you will obtain the same result in your case. Please contact Madia Law to discuss your case in detail and get an accurate assessment of is value.
You May Be Entitled to Lost Wages and Liquidated Damages
If your employer has failed to properly pay you for your work, overtime, or made unlawful deductions from your paycheck, you may be entitled to not just your back pay and actual damages, but also liquidated damages in an amount equal to your actual damages. Additionally, you may be entitled to your attorney fees and costs.
Contact Our Minnesota and Wisconsin Unpaid Wages, Unpaid Overtime, and Unlawful Deductions Employment Lawyers Today
You must act quickly when it comes to filing a claim for unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, or unlawful deductions. If you wait, there may be strict statutes of limitation that may bar you from filing a claim against your employer. Call Madia Law today to discuss your case. All consultations are free.