In the modern workplace, coupled with the ever-present effects of the ongoing recession, employees are being asked to do more than formerly. They are tasked to work harder, longer, faster, more efficiently.
In business environments of all types, and across the country, there are increased reports that they are also being asked to do the employer's bidding without pay. This is precisely the allegation made by six government employees in the town of Plano, Texas, who work for the city's utility operations department. They have brought a class action lawsuit against Plano, alleging that the city breached its promise to pay them unpaid overtime and wages for work they have thus far done for free and that it is in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").
The plaintiffs filed a complaint in July, and their case will be heard in a U.S. district court. The complaint states that Plano "showed reckless disregard for the fact that its failure to pay workers overtime compensation and minimum wages was in violation of [FLSA] laws."
Specifically, the plaintiffs allege that their employer asked them to monitor the radio for relevant calls during their lunch times and promised to pay them for this, since they were continuously listening for messages and adhering to company policies during this time. Additionally, they state that the city promised them overtime pay for on-call hours. They now receive this money for work they presently do, but allege that Plano has not compensated them for past work.
The plaintiffs seek unpaid wages, attorney's fees, costs and interest.
Related Rresource: www.planostar.com "Plano employees file suit; seek break, overtime pay" August 10, 2010