The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that designates how employers should pay their workers for regular and overtime hours. In Georgia and across the nation, any worker who feels that his or her employer is not complying with FLSA may be able to file a wage and hour complaint. However, employers may have a particular interest in resolving such issues without a trial, particularly if they believe it to be a misunderstanding. A case like this is currently going on in a neighboring state.
Four current and former employees at homes for disabled adults filed the federal lawsuit, which alleges that their employer, Residential CRF Inc., did not pay them for overtime hours they worked. These hourly workers claim that they were sometimes made to stay overnight at the homes during week-long shifts, but were not on the clock when they did so. As a result, they purportedly cared for patients during these overnight stays without being paid. The plaintiffs seek compensatory damages for back pay, legal fees and other damages. In addition, they are requesting to allow other workers to join the suit as plaintiffs.
The operations manager at Residential CRF, who is listed as a defendant, stated that a misunderstanding had occurred and he wanted to resolve the issue fairly. He also said that he hoped to avoid a trial and not be held personally accountable for what happened. An attorney for the defendants stated that the workers were exempt from FLSA at the time in question, which means they were not eligible for overtime.
Only time will tell if this wage and hour complaint is resolved in a manner that is satisfactory to both sides. FLSA laws can be complex, so workers and employers in Georgia with any concerns may benefit from seeking legal advice. This may ensure a fair outcome to any wage and hour issues while protecting both the employee’s and the employer’s rights.
Source: newsherald.com, Suit says bosses failed to pay overtime, Chris Olwell, Jan. 7, 2014