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Employees Subjected to Off-the-Clock Meetings Sue Employer for Unpaid Wages

December 16th, 2013

Workers from all over the United States, including interns and factory workers, have voiced their dismay against employers that do not properly pay them for their time worked. Activities like cleaning equipment after clocking out, donning safety gear, or working through breaks are commonly unpaid, although these activities may be mandatory.  Employees at one company in Ohio are taking action against this injustice.

Over the past three years, employees of Windsor Mold USA in Bellevue, Ohio attended daily 20-minute pre-shift meetings that were mandatory and not included on their timesheets. If an employee arrived late to the meeting, they were subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. The plant operators that managed the 200 to 300 employees included in the lawsuit were instructed not to include the pre-shift meetings on the timesheets used for wages.

This off-the-clock work is the basis for a class action lawsuit recently filed on behalf of the employees. Alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), the complaint contends that the additional time spent in pre-shift meetings should be compensated as overtime hours because it exceeded the 40 hours many were already working in a standard week. The lawsuit seeks to recover the unpaid wages owed to the workers and impose an injunction that prevents the employer from committing the unfair behavior again. If successful, the wage and hour lawsuit should further warn employers that they must properly compensate employees for all applicable time.

It is becoming increasingly common for employers to require activities that are off-the-clock and mandatory. Many employees feel that they dedicate ample time to their companies and any additional work-related tasks should be viewed as work hours. In the case involving Windsor Mold USA employees, the 20-minute pre-shift meetings should be viewed as work hours, according to the lawsuit.

Philadelphia Labor Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates Recover Unpaid Wages for Mistreated Workers

Employers who require off-the-clock work are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and employees may be able to recover unpaid wages with the assistance of an employment law attorney. The Philadelphia labor lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates represent employees in wage and hour disputes throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  If you are a worker that is owed wages, or has been treated unfairly by an employer, call Sidney L. Gold & Associates at 215-569-1999 or contact us online.  Conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia, PA, our professional, experienced employment attorneys will review your potential case and provide you with the best legal strategy available.

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