Overtime has long been a point of contention for those in a manager, assistant manager or management trainee position, especially in the fast food and retail industries.
Many lawsuits have complained that, despite their management titles, these employees are working 50+ hours a week, primarily doing the tasks of regular hourly employees. Their title is cited by such employers as the reason they are not paid overtime once they exceed 40 hours weekly.
Under the federal labor law, employees may be exempt from overtime pay provided their primary duties include:
- Managing the enterprise;
- They earn a minimum of $455 weekly;
- They regularly direct the work of at least two or more other full-time employees; AND
- They have the authority to hire and fire other employees.
ACTIVE CASE ALERT
A former manager recently brought a lawsuit against an Alabama-based Dollar General. She alleges she routinely worked in excess of 90 hours weekly while primarily performing duties as a cashier, stocking inventory and seeing to the store’s custodial needs, which included cleaning bathrooms and taking out the trash. She also cited harsh and, at times, unsafe working conditions.
If you are currently, or were at one time, an employee of Dollar General (or any other company) and were exempted from overtime, in spite of working longer than 40 hours a week, you may be eligible to compensation.
Please give us a call at (205) 881-0555 to discuss
your rights and your options.