CRA Solutions, Inc. is on the receiving end of a proposed collective action filed by a former employee seeking allegedly unpaid overtime wages.
The plaintiff claims to have regularly worked in excess of 40 hours each week for the defendant as a clinical research associate between April 2009 and June 2018 without proper overtime pay. According to the complaint, the defendant misclassifies all hourly-paid clinical research associates as independent contractors exempt from overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These employees, however, perform work that is closely monitored and controlled, the case argues, meaning they do not meet the qualifications of independent contractors under the FLSA.
“Defendant misclassified all ‘Clinical Research Associates’ like Plaintiff in a uniform and blanket manner, without regard to any specific evaluation or analysis of each person’s duties performed and skill set involved,” the complaint charges, adding that the plaintiff and similarly situated employees are owed unpaid time-and-a-half overtime wages.