In Tennessee and all across the United States employees are entitled by law to receive overtime pay if they work more than forty hours in a single work week. In a recently filed case, assistant branch managers for the Citizens Financial Group claim that they were misclassified under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and were denied overtime pay. The law requires that hourly workers must be paid overtime if they work more than forty hours a week, salaried workers are exempt. According to court reports, Citizens Financial has denied the basic claim of worker misclassification and contended that the plaintiffs’ situations are different enough that they shouldn’t be allowed to pursue the case as a group. It cited “widely disparate employment circumstances” among the plaintiffs, who have worked at hundreds of different Citizens Financial branches throughout the East Coast.
The workers’ case turns on the assistant bank managers’ job duties and whether they assumed managerial duties as the bank contends, or whether they consistently performed the uniform work of lower-level employees, such as opening customer bank accounts and handling customer service, which would mean they were entitled to overtime pay. If the case doesn’t settle and a jury determines that the workers acted as managers, they would be exempt from the FLSA and they would not be entitled to overtime. If, however, the jury sides with the plaintiffs, they could be entitled to as much as $14.4 million in damages. The bank has declined to discuss a settlement.
Unfortunately, many companies and businesses find ways around this law or just fail to pay their employees overtime pay altogether. If you or someone you work with has worked overtime hours but not received your overtime pay, then you should speak to a Tennessee employment overtime pay lawyer right away. They will hear your case and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Cases just like this one happen to hard working employees all across the country and even right here to Tennessee employees. If you or someone you know has worked overtime hours but failed to receive your proper overtime pay, we encourage you to contact one of our compassionate and experienced Tennessee labor overtime pay attorneys as soon as possible. We care about our clients and will work with you to see to it that you get the compensation that is rightfully yours.
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