"The suit addresses the denial of time-and-a-half overtime pay to current and retired state employees who are—or were–classified as Pay Grade 23 and above."
Class-Action Lawsuit Being Prepared For Pay Grade 23 Or Above Employees Who Have Been Denied Overtime Pay.
VSEA Members Urged To Join Suit If Denied OT
After consulting with attorney Thomas Somers, VSEA is encouraging members to join a class-action lawsuit against the State of Vermont. The suit addresses the denial of time-and-a-half overtime pay to current and retired state employees who are—or were–classified as Pay Grade 23 and above. The Fair Labor Standards Act generally defines “overtime” as more than 40 hours worked per week.
Employees who prevail will be eligible for unpaid OT, an amount equal to unpaid OT (called “liquidated damages”), and possibly attorney’s fees. In most cases, individuals who join the lawsuit will not have to pay anything unless they prevail.
If you are interested in joining this lawsuit, contact Thomas Somers at 863-1191, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Somers, who works for the law firm of Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick, has 22 years experience litigating OT lawsuits, including class-action cases. He is representing this class on a contingency-fee basis. The more employees who opt in, the louder the voice!
Federal law provides strong protections to employees seeking unpaid OT. The State and individual supervisors are prohibited from retaliating or discriminating against employees who join the lawsuit. Any allegations of retaliation or discrimination by State supervisors against individuals who join the suit will be vigorously investigated and met with zealous legal action where warranted.