Another technician off-the-clock class action: the most dangerous occupation for such claims

June 6, 2011Articles Lexology

I have often discussed the issue of lawsuits (usually collective actions) for off-the-clock claims and preliminary and postliminary work claimed to be compensable. These are usually mundane activities and usually done for only a few minutes, but when the minutes occur every day, every week and there is a large group of employees engaging in the activities, the aggregate exposure can be substantial. Technician-type employees or field service personnel are a prime breeding ground for such lawsuits. Another example of this phenomenon has now surfaced in the federal courts.

A field representative has launched a class action in federal court in Florida, alleging that he and a large group of similarly situated employees were compelled to work overtime hours, without being properly paid.

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