CINCINNATI — A group of former insurance sales agents for Ohio-based SafeAuto recently filed a federal unpaid overtime lawsuit against their employer claiming the company owes them for years of back wages. Workers from offices in Ohio and Kentucky claim they routinely worked over 40-hours per week without being compensated one and a half times their regular hourly rate of pay for overtime hours.
The lead plaintiff in the suit, an employee at a Kentucky office, claims she, herself averaged anywhere from 43 to 48-hours on the job selling auto insurance but only received her hourly wages for overtime hours. State and federal wage laws require employers to pay their employees one a half times their average hourly wage, which can include bonus pay, for overtime hours.
The suit seeks class action status so that potentially hundreds of other similarly affected workers may join the suit to collect their hard earned wages. Depending on the facts of the case, the plaintiffs could recover anywhere from two to three years of unpaid overtime as well as other court awards to compensate them for their wage theft.
Federal Overtime Pay Laws
Under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), almost all hourly employees are entitled to overtime pay. Only independent contractors and certain types of employees may be classified as overtime exempt if their job duties meet certain standards under federal labor laws.
When employers fail to pay their workers proper wages, these employees can hold them responsible by filing unpaid overtime lawsuits to recover their back pay. In addition to unpaid overtime, courts can award plaintiffs liquidated damages equal to back wages, attorneys fees, and other relief the court sees fit.
In cases where defendants intentionally violate the FLSA, courts may impose special injunctions on business to prevent them from engaging in further wage theft to protect other workers. Workers who feel they may be the victims of wage theft should speak to an experienced and qualified unpaid overtime lawsuit attorney to help analyze their case.
Unpaid Overtime Lawsuits
Call (855) 754-2795 or complete the Free Unpaid Overtime Case Review form on the top right of this page if you believe that your wage rights are being violated under the FLSA. Our top-rated team of unpaid wage lawyers will evaluate your situation to determine your best course of action to help you seek justice.
Our office will also determine if it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit against your employer. Because strict time limitations apply for filing these types of claims, we advise you contact our experienced unpaid overtime wage attorneys at your earliest convenience and preserve your legal rights.