CHICAGO — A group of former landscapers for a Chicago-area contractor recently filed an unpaid overtime lawsuit against the company claiming the employer failed to pay the plaintiffs one and a half times their regular rate of pay for overtime hours. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, seeks class action status to that other similarly affected workers can join the three-named plaintiffs to recover all their hard earned income and hold the defendant accountable for its actions.
According to the unpaid overtime lawsuit, Thankfully Living Christian, LLC only paid the plaintiffs regular hourly wages when they and other landscapers worked more than 40 hours per week. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers must pay workers one and a half times the employee’s average hourly pay rate as compensation for overtime pay.
The claim asks the court to allow a trial by jury to recover the plaintiffs’ back pay, interest on unpaid wages, attorneys’ fees, and any other relief the court may see fit to award. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the plaintiffs may be able to recover two to three-years of unpaid overtime and other wages.
Why was I Not Paid My Overtime?
Workers may experience wage theft for any number of reasons. While many employers may claim ignorance to an “accounting error” or assert their payroll practices are the “industry standard,” the truth is that very little wage theft is innocent and defendants often go to great lengths to suppress worker earnings and cover up the misdeed.
Common wage theft tactics include relying on the employee’s trust in his or her employer to only pay regular hourly wages for overtime work as many workers assume their company fully complies with all wage and labor laws. Additionally, some companies intentionally misclassify workers as overtime exempt by giving these employees titles like “manager” or “supervisor” but ask these individuals to perform little, if any, duties consistent with what the law expects to see.
Landscaper Overtime Pay Lawsuit
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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.