Lumber Liquidators Managers’ Overtime Class Action Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit alleging that Lumber Liquidators underpaid managers and store managers for their overtime during training appears to be headed for a $7 million settlement with both parties applying for approval in New York.
Ashleigh Mason et al. v. Lumber Liquidators
The Lumber Liquidators Managers Overtime Settlement will provide compensation to nearly 300 former and present Lumber Liquidators managers and store managers in training who were not compensated for overtime work due to their exempt status despite working long hours.
The workers filed the class action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators in 2017, arguing that the company misclassified them as managers, denying them overtime pay despite the fact that they performed nonmanagerial labor.
In 2019, United States Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann awarded the workers conditional certification, allowing them to contact 946 current and former employees who were denied overtime pay under the policy.
Later that year, despite Lumber Liquidators’ requests for dismissal, U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie maintained the conditional certification.
The overtime compensation settlement reached between both the workers and Lumber Liquidators includes around 269 current and past managers and store managers in training who had previously opted into the collective action.
Ashleigh Mason’s Settlement Almost There
Eligible workers will receive a settlement notification in the mail that includes their checks. Their compensation will be determined by their job description, the amount of time they worked, and whether they were a part of a similar complaint that was resolved last year.
The workers’ attorneys, Justin Marino and J.R. Stevenson of Stevenson Marino LLP believe that the settlement marks an unexpected outcome following a lengthy, tough challenge that lasted over four years.
Counsel is entitled to receive $2.3 million in the Lumber Liquidators Managers Overtime Settlement — roughly a third of the total — to cover attorney’s expenses. According to the application, the lawyers stated that the settlement sum was significant considering the estimated lost wages of almost $3.4 million.
The attorneys asked the federal court to grant the Lumber Liquidators Managers Overtime Settlement, arguing that the flooring retailer’s ongoing litigation could work to its advantage.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the legal validity of management roles is entirely contextual and fact-dependent, and some situations support Lumber Liquidators’ position.
While plaintiffs believe they can eventually demonstrate defendants’ liability, this would need substantial factual development.
Editor’s Note on Lumber Liquidators Managers Overtime Settlement 2021:
This article is written to inform you of the settlement for the class action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators over their managers’ overtime pay.
Case Name & No.: Ashleigh Mason et al. v. Lumber Liquidators, Case No. 1:17-cv-04780
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court – Eastern District of New York
Products/Services: Labor: Fair Standards
Allegations: Lumber Liquidators allegedly underpay their managers when they were in training and denied them overtime
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