“There is no excuse for this clear and willful violation of federal wage law,” said Tom Somers the attorney for the 33 workers.
Eligible state employees are urged to contact Atty. Somers if you have not already done so! E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following press release was issued on January 7 by the law firm of Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick:
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
Contact: Thomas H. Somers, Esq.
STATE EMPLOYEES FILE CLASS ACTION AGAINST STATE
FOR UNPAID OVERTIME PAY
Thirty-three state employees filed a class-action lawsuit in Washington County Superior Court today alleging that the State of Vermont has violated federal labor law by failing to pay employees in pay grades 23 and above time and one- half for overtime.
The employees are asking the Court to certify the class and provide notice to all current and former state workers in pay grades 23 and above of their right to join the suit without fear of retaliation from the State. It is possible that several hundred current and former state workers may join the lawsuit. The damages sought by the employees are undetermined at this time, however the federal law would require the State to pay double damages and attorneys’ fees should the employees win.
“There is no excuse for this clear and willful violation of federal wage law,” said Tom Somers the attorney for the 33 workers. Somers said, “The state has more lawyers on payroll than any law firm in the state. Either the State cannot figure out the most elementary principles of overtime law that all employers must follow or they are deliberately flouting the law to save money at the expense of dedicated state workers.”