CHICAGO, IL — A former client solutions manager for social media giant Facebook recently hit the company with a potentially massive overtime pay lawsuit alleging that she and hundreds of other workers for the defendant were intentionally misclassified as managers and paid a flat salary with no overtime. The claim alleges that Facebook engaged in “systematic, company-wide wrongful classification” to suppress worker pay and increase the company’s bottom line at the expense of hardworking people trying to earn a living for themselves and support their families.
According to the class action overtime pay lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Northern Illinois, Facebook improperly classified hundreds and possibly thousands of workers whose duties “involve communicating with existing Facebook advertising customers, implementing their marketing plans, and selling Facebook marketing products and services to existing customers.” The claim goes on to allege many of these workers earned commission wages from the sale of advertising products from Facebook.
The main issue in the case is the classification assigned to these and other Facebook workers. The plaintiff claims that despite being called a “manager,” she and the potential class members performed few, if any, managerial duties expected under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which sets national rules on worker pay, including overtime wages.
The plaintiff claims she and other workers such as Client Solutions Managers, Customer Solutions Managers, Customer Account Managers performed many of the same duties, none of which were managerial. As a result of the improper classification, the plaintiff demands Facebook pay her and other similarly affected workers one and a half times their average hourly rate of pay for all their overtime hours.
The class action lawsuit hope to recover back wages with interest, liquidated damages equal to back pay, court costs, and attorneys fees to cover the cost of litigating the matter. While the claim does not list a specific dollar amount to recover, the potential recovery could be in the tens of millions of dollars if the class is large enough and the allegations turn out to be true.
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