Just because the law requires employers to pay their workers one and one half times their normal hourly wage for any overtime they work does not always mean that paying workers one and one half times minimum wage justifies not paying them overtime. But that was one of the reasons Groupon gave for classifying its company sales representatives as exempt from overtime compensation.
The wage and hour lawsuit was filed in November 2014 by Sean M. and Kenisha W., who are asking the court for the opportunity to be named plaintiffs in the lawsuit. With that title, they would be representing the interests of the approximately 2,000 similarly situated employees who were allegedly denied overtime as a result of Groupon’s employment policies.
According to the complaint, Groupon’s alleged misclassification of its account representatives and account executives led to the company failing to pay those workers overtime when they worked more than eight hours a day or forty hours a week. The lawsuit accused Groupon of allegedly violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Illinois Minimum Wage Law by making their employees work overtime without the proper overtime compensation. Continue reading