SAN FRANCISCO — Two California cities were recently hit with unpaid overtime lawsuits by city employees alleging they worked over 40 hours a week with no overtime pay.
The lawsuits were filed separately in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and both allege the cities violated the Fair Labor Standards Act which requires non-exempt employees to be paid one and a half times their regular hourly wage for time worked over 40 hours in a week.
There is no word yet on an exact dollar amount sought by either of the plaintiffs but generally the damages may end up being significantly more than the lost income.
Depending on the circumstances of the cases, the plaintiffs could be entitled to up to three-years of unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages, and attorney’s fees.
Under the FLSA, only certain classes of employees may be classified as overtime exempt. This can include managerial positions, executive, and professional jobs. Often times, employers may purposely misclassify or misrepresent the duties of a position in order to not have to pay overtime.
City of Tracy, California Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit
An unpaid overtime lawsuit was filed against the City of Tracy on June 10. The plaintiff, working as a city employee, claims that although he was allowed to work overtime, he was never appropriately compensated. The lawsuit seeks unpaid wages, liquidated damages equal to unpaid wages, and attorney’s fees.
The City of Tracy, California is located in San Joaquin County and is the county’s second most populated city. Approximately 90,000 residents live in the city limits.
City of Galt Overtime Lawsuit
On June 15, a plaintiff filed a California unpaid overtime lawsuit against his employer, the City of Galt. The plaintiff filed the complaint on behalf of himself and all other similarly affected individuals who were denied overtime pay.
Located in Sacramento County, the City of Galt is home to almost 25,000 people. The city operates under an elected council form of government which elects a mayor.
City Employee Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit
Call (855) 754-2795 or complete the Free Unpaid Overtime Case Review form on the top right of this page if you feel that your wage rights are being violated under the FLSA. Our top-rated team of unpaid wage lawyers will evaluate your situation to determine your best course of action to help you seek justice.
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.