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Best Buy Overtime Lawsuits: Wage & Hour Laws

Best Buy Overtime Lawsuits: Wage & Hour Laws

Commonly asked overtime pay law questions about Best Buy:

What is Best Buy?

Best Buy is an American multinational consumer electronics corporation. The company operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, and China. Its corporate headquarters is located in Richfield, Minnesota.

It was founded in 1966 as an audio specialty store, and re-branded in 1983 with a greater emphasis placed on consumer electronics.

Who Does Best Buy Employ?

Best Buy employs more than 125,000 people. Our experienced overtime pay lawyers handle cases for all Best Buy employees, including the following:

Where is Best Buy Located?

Best Buy’s corporate headquarters is located in Richfield, Minnesota. The company has expanded to have stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, and China. Some of the U.S. locations include:

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What are the Laws for Best Buy Employee Overtime Pay?

Under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), many Best Buy 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 a Best Buy Employee Entitled to Overtime Pay?

Best Buy employees are often required to work long shifts, as well as additional time before and after their scheduled shift. As a result, many Best Buy 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 a Best Buy 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, Best Buy assistant store managers may be classified as exempt by the company, when in reality, their job duties reflect a non-exempt  position. This misclassification could prevent the employees from receiving the proper overtime wages.

Best Buy 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 Best Buy.

Does Best Buy Have to Pay Overtime Wages to its Employees?

In many cases Best Buy 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 Best Buy 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 Best Buy 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 Best Buy Been Involved in Overtime Pay Lawsuits?

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

  • Repair technicians working for Best Buy brought a class action wage and hours lawsuit against the company in 2012. They claimed the company failed to pay them for time spent driving home in company-issued vans.
  • A group of former managers for Bed, Bath & Beyond filed a class action unpaid overtime lawsuit against the domestic merchandise retail chain claiming the plaintiffs were duped out of overtime wages because the defendant misclassified their work habits. The suit claimed the plaintiffs working as assistant managers were improperly classified as overtime exempt managers when they did not perform the duties consistent with the guidelines of the FLSA.
  • A group of 187,000 Walmart employees from Pennsylvania won a resounding victory against their employer in 2016. By the time the case went to trial, the class of plaintiffs ballooned to almost 200,000 individuals and half a dozen other similar class action wage theft lawsuits were filed against Walmart. Employees in the suit allege their employer forced them to work during lunch breaks, stay late after work off the clock, and do whatever it took to get tasks done on Walmart’s schedule.

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