METAIRIE, La. — A former manual laborer for Louisiana-based Pizzati Enterprises Inc. recently filed a federal class action unpaid overtime lawsuit against her employer for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana, seeks an unspecified amount compensation for damages incurred by the defendant’s alleged refusal to pay overtime laws and seeks class action status so that other workers may join.
The unpaid overtime class action lawsuit, the plaintiff claims she routinely worked over 40 hours a week for her employer but did not receive the necessary time and a half salary to adequately compensate her under the FLSA.
The Act holds that hourly, non-exempt employees, must receive one and a half times their straight pay (wages under 40 hours per week) for every hour worked over 40 during the course of a work week.
The plaintiff alleges she was improperly classified as an overtime exempt employee by her employer as a means to stay off overtime payments. The FLSA lays out specific guidelines and salary thresholds employees must meet in their work duties in order to to qualify as overtime exempt. Violators of the FLSA could be subject to restitution, fines, and even federal oversight if found to be in violation of the law.
While no exact dollar amount was named in the complaint, the plaintiff sought legal relief for her damages in the form of unpaid wages, interest, liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees and costs, prejudgment and postjudgment interest and such other general and equitable relief as the court deems equitable and just.
Depending on the circumstances of the case, plaintiffs filing unpaid overtime lawsuits under the FLSA may be eligible to recover up to three-years of unpaid overtime wages if the employer knowingly violated the law.
The defendant, Pizzati Enterprises Inc., is a construction company specializing in siding, roofing, stucco, gutters, painting, flooring, drywall, decking, fencing that serves clients throughout southeast Louisiana and south Mississippi. According to reports, the plaintiff was a manual laborer for the general contractor and demolition company.
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