A federal judge has recently approved a $3 million settlement in a class
action lawsuit brought against Olan Mills based on violations of the
Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
In the lawsuit, 18 current and former employees alleged that Olan Mills,
Inc. violated the FLSA by forcing employees to work off the clock, including
performing work duties before their shifts started and after they ended,
as well as being required to attend meetings without compensation. Additional
allegations included the failure to pay overtime, denial of time for meals,
and the withholding of wages owed to employees.
Under the FLSA, all employees who are not exempt must be paid overtime
benefits at a rate of one and one half times their regular rate of pay
for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a work week. Where non-exempt
employees are expected to perform work duties during non-work hours, they
must be compensated. If the additional time spent working constitutes
overtime, employers must pay employees at the higher overtime rate of pay.
Here, Olan Mills denied the allegations but reached a settlement agreement
through a neutral mediator.Mediation often provides a more efficient and less expensive alternative to traditional
For more information, or if you believe you have not received all the
compensation you are entitled to, contactThe Buckley Law Firm, LLC, a Georgia Law Firm dedicated to protecting employee’s rights.