Autozone Overtime Pay Wage & Hour Laws
Autozone Overtime Lawsuits: Wage & Hour Laws

Autozone Overtime Lawsuits: Wage & Hour Laws

Commonly asked overtime pay law questions about Autozone:

What is Autozone?

Autozone is an American retailer of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories. The company was founded in 1979 and has over 5,000 stores in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil.

Who Does Autozone Employ?

Autozone employs over 65,000 people worldwide. Our experienced overtime pay lawyers handle cases for all Autozone employees, including the following:

  • Cashiers
  • Customer service representatives
  • Store support workers
  • Shelf stockers
  • Maintenance workers
  • Field managers
  • Field support workers
  • Commercial managers
  • Commercial salespeople
  • Distribution center workers
  • Property managers

Where is Autozone Located?

Autozone’s global corporate headquarters is located in Memphis, Tennessee. The company has expanded to have 5,403 locations throughout the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Some of the U.S. locations include:

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What are the Laws for Autozone Employee Overtime Pay?

Under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), many Autozone employees are considered non-exempt and therefore entitled to overtime pay.

If an employee is non-exempt under the FLSA, the law requires that they are paid overtime wages of one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for every hour past 40 in one week.

The FLSA has several exemptions, however, that would preclude employees from receiving overtime pay. For example, employees with “adminstrative” or “professional” roles may fall under these exemptions.

It is important to note that exemption is not determined solely based on job title. Rather, job description, job duties, rate of pay, and hours worked are used to determine if an employee should receive overtime pay.

On top of the FLSA, some states have their own overtime pay laws. These laws may complement or contradict the FLSA, so it is important to consult an experienced attorney who is familiar with all the applicable overtime pay laws.

Is an Autozone Employee Entitled to Overtime Pay?

Autozone employees are often required to work long shifts, as well as additional time before and after their scheduled shift. As a result, many Autozone employees end up working more than 40 hours per week, and are therefore entitled to overtime pay.

Employees who are exempt under the FLSA are not entitled to overtime pay. Whether or not an Autozone employee falls under the “administrative” or “professional” exemptions is determine based on job description, job duties, rate of pay, and number of hours worked.

Employers often deny or unlawfully refuse to pay overtime by misclassifying the positions of the workers, claiming that they are exempt when, in reality, they are not. For example, store managers or field managers may be classified by Autozone as exempt because of their “manager” title, when, in reality, their job duties reflect a non-exempt position.

Autozone may also require their employees to report to work early but not “punch the clock” until later or strike hours off of time cards, or they may refuse to pay employees for work done before the shift starts and after they punch out for the day. These are violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and can give rise to an overtime pay lawsuit.

An experienced overtime pay attorney will be able to analyze your case in the context of the FLSA and your state’s laws to determine if you are due overtime wages from Autozone.

Does Autozone Have to Pay Overtime Wages to its Employees?

In many cases Autozone is required to pay overtime wages to employees that work more than 40 hours in one week. This excludes employees who are considered exempt under the FLSA.

Exemption is not cut and dry; the FLSA is a complicated law and state laws can complicate the picture even further.

If you believe that Autozone owes you overtime pay, it is best to consult an attorney who has experience with the FLSA and state overtime wage laws.

To determine whether you are eligible for filing a wage claim, contact our experienced Autozone Overtime Pay Lawyers at (855) 754-2795 for a Free Consultation to discuss your case or complete the Free Unpaid Overtime Case Review Form on this page.  We will discuss your situation and determine if you have a claim. If you are owed unpaid wages, we will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means there are never any legal fees or costs unless you receive a settlement.

Has Autozone Been Involved in Overtime Pay Lawsuits?

Over the past several years, current or former employees have brought a number of lawsuits against Autozone and similar companies in an effort to reclaim lost overtime wages. If you believe Autozone is denying you overtime wages, you may have a case similar to that of a previous lawsuit. Here are a few examples of such lawsuits:

  • Former store managers for Autozone in Arizona filed a lawsuit claiming that the company misclassified its store managers and denied them overtime pay for clocking over 50 hours of work per week, in some cases. The store managers claim they had some authority to hire and fire employees and they were responsible for some management and direction of staff, but their main responsibilities included customer service and manual labor activities. They also claim the district managers closely supervised the store managers and had more authority in hiring and firing and in decision making.
  • The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed a previous ruling holding that auto service advisers who traditionally work on commission are entitled to overtime and other protections under federal labor laws. In 2011, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidelines separating auto service advisors from mechanics, car salesmen, and partsmen as overtime exempt.

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