NEW YORK — A former store manager for entertainment media store company For Your Entertainment (FYE) recently filed a federal class action unpaid overtime lawsuit against the shopping mall chain store over allegations that the company failed to pay her and others for all hours spent on the job. Defendant FYE is owned by parent company Trans World Entertainment Corp. based in Albany, New York and is known for selling novelties, CDs, DVDs, and video games in malls across the U.S.
The plaintiff filed her suit in federal District Court for the Northern District of New York on behalf of herself and other similarly affected store managers claiming the company required managers perform the same tasks as overtime nonexempt employees. As store managers, the plaintiffs were expected to routinely work more than 40 hours per week without additional pay like overtime wages.
The lawsuit alleges that by requiring store managers to perform all the same duties as hourly employees, the defendant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which outlines duties expected of overtime exempt workers. Under the FLSA, “managers” must perform duties vital to the day to day operations of the company such as hiring and firing employees, disciplining subordinates, setting pay rates, and creating work schedules.
Often times, companies give workers elaborate titles like “manager” or “supervisor,” yet these workers are asked to perform mainly the same duties as hourly workers entitled to overtime wages. In these situations, workers may be entitled to a variety of damages, including back pay with interest, liquidated damages equal to unpaid wages, court costs, and attorneys fees to cover the expense of litigating the matter.
Furthermore, courts may impose injunctions on some defendants to ensure future instances of wage theft do not take place. Such measures may include installation of new record keeping programs to properly document hours for all workers. By taking the initiative, workers can help protect themselves and fellow co workers from wage theft and other labor law violations.
Store Manager Unpaid Overtime Lawsuits
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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.