Two plaintiffs have filed a proposed collective action wherein they claim the Coca-Cola Company has failed to pay current and former talent acquisition specialists proper overtime wages.
Filed in Georgia, the case states the plaintiffs worked for Coca-Cola respectively from December 2016 through April 2018 and December 2015 through March 2017. According to the lawsuit, Coca-Cola referred to the plaintiffs and similarly situated workers as “contractors” or “non-employee workers,” descriptors the case says "disclaim an employer-employee relationship." Coca-Cola controlled nearly every aspect of talent acquisition specialists’ positions, the lawsuit claims, including work schedules, pay rates, work assignments, locations and which software was used to perform work-related tasks.
The complaint alleges the plaintiffs worked substantial overtime hours in excess of 40 each week without time-and-a-half pay. Moreover, Coca-Cola went so far as to direct some or all talent acquisition specialists to under-record their work hours, the suit adds.