Addison Group, LLC faces a proposed collective action that claims the recruiting agency has failed to pay certain employees proper overtime wages.
Per the lawsuit out of Illinois, Addison has misclassified its recruiters as exempt from overtime wages and paid the workers a salary that included no time-and-a-half pay for weekly hours worked in excess of 40.
Addison provides staffing and recruiting services for “industry sectors [such as] information technology, finance and accounting, healthcare, human resources, administrative, and digital marketing,” the suit explains. The plaintiff says he worked for the agency as a recruiter between January 2018 and August 2019 and was primarily responsible for sourcing candidates for open job positions with Addison’s clients.
Throughout his employment, the plaintiff was paid a flat salary without overtime compensation despite putting in 50 to 65 hours of work per week, the case alleges. According to the lawsuit, recruiters were typically scheduled for 10- to 13-hour shifts five days per week and thus worked “far in excess of the overtime threshold of 40 hours.”
The lawsuit argues that the plaintiff and other recruiters performed non-exempt work in that the individuals did not have authority to hire and fire other employees, supervise two or more employees, or exercise independent judgment and discretion with regard to “matters of significance.”
“Despite the fact that [the plaintiff] and the Putative Class Members were non-exempt, Addison did not pay these employees overtime wages,” the complaint claims.
Per the case, Addison was aware that its workers were entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act yet “knowingly, willfully, or in reckless disregard carried out this illegal pay practice.”
The lawsuit looks to cover current and former recruiters employed by Addison during the past three years who were paid a salary and did not receive overtime compensation.
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