Many employees are deprived of proper wages by their employers. Workers may be denied proper overtime pay or may be misclassified as exempt from overtime requirements. Workers also may be denied legally required rest or meal breaks. In many instances, an individual wage claim is small, and the employee often has difficulty finding an attorney to handle the case and help end the unlawful practices. At SGB, we find that the most effective means to putting an end to unlawful wage practices is the class action. With a class action, we can bring similar, small claims to trial in one case and thereby vindicate the rights of a large number of employees at one time. We also have the resources and experience to take on the country’s largest employers, including Fortune 500 companies like Wal-Mart, Sears, and Tyson Foods.
Our wage and hour expertise spans the following areas:
- Off-the-clock work (for example, pre-shift and post-shift work, on-call time, travel time, and mandated meetings)
- Misclassification of employees as exempt from overtime (for example, professional, administrative, outside salesperson, or independent contractor status)
- Unpaid or denied rest breaks
- Unpaid or denied lunch breaks
- Failure to pay prevailing wage on public projects
The law limits recovery of unpaid wages to two or three years depending on the situation, so the sooner a worker acts, the more recovery can be obtained. If you believe you have been denied proper wages, be sure to document the situation as carefully as possible.
Let Us Help.
There is no charge for us to review your potential claim. If we take the case, we do so on a contingency basis and we advance all the costs of the litigation. Class action plaintiffs are not responsible for fees or costs, and we only recover our fees and costs if we are successful in obtaining relief for the class through judgment or settlement. Contact us for a free, confidential case review at (800) 809-2234 or (206) 622-8000.
- $30 million settlement in “equal pay” class action on behalf of Washington State government employees.
- Combined judgment and settlements of $18.3 million for donning and doffing, walk time, and other minimum wage and overtime violations for workers at meatpacking giant IBP/Tyson’s plant in Pasco, Washington, affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in 2005.
- $5 million settlement for workers who were not paid the proper prevailing wage for work performed on the Sound Transit Central Link Light Rail Project.
- $1.2 million judgment for Brinks armored car messengers and drivers who did not receive rest and meal breaks required under Washington law.
- $751,000 verdict on behalf of Brink’s Home Security technicians for unpaid travel time and other off the clock work, affirmed by the Washington Supreme Court in a precedent-setting 2007 decision establishing the compensability of drive time in company vehicles for home dispatch employees under Washington law. Following this case, we have recovered over $4 million in settlements for employees of other companies for unpaid travel time in company vehicles.
- $750,000 settlement for merchandisers and sales representatives for a national food distribution company who were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay under Washington law and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
- $950,00 settlement for Anacortes refinery workers for donning and doffing and walk time violations.
- $750,000 settlement for driver salesmen for Farmer Bros. Coffee who were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay under Washington law.
- $225,000 settlement for City of Puyallup firefighters in case involving application of alternative work period to calculate overtime pay under federal law.
- Recovered millions of dollars in back wages for thousands of Taco Bell employees in Washington (1997) and Oregon (2003).
(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)