APTIM Services, LLC faces a proposed class and collective action that claims the power plant services provider has failed to pay employees proper overtime wages.
According to the case, APTIM has regularly required hourly employees to put in more than 40 hours per week yet has failed to pay the workers time-and-a-half overtime, opting instead to compensate them at their regular hourly rates.
The plaintiff says he worked for APTIM between May 2014 and September 2019 as a deputy waste manager responsible for monitoring the transportation of hazardous waste from the defendant’s customers’ nuclear power plants. Per the suit, the plaintiff was not paid a salary but received instead $75 for each approved hour worked, regardless of how many hours he put in.
The lawsuit claims the plaintiff had an employer-employee relationship with the defendant and was subject to overtime protections under state and federal labor laws. Nevertheless, APTIM, according to the suit, refused to pay the plaintiff and other hourly employees proper overtime wages for the hours they worked in excess of 40 each week.
The plaintiff alleges the defendant’s pay practices were not isolated to him but were imposed on “a distinct group of hourly employees” who were denied proper overtime pay.
The lawsuit, which was initially filed in January 2021 but was reassigned to a U.S. district judge on February 17, looks to cover all APTIM employees who were paid straight-time wages for overtime hours in the past three years and another proposed class of California employees who were paid straight time for overtime hours in the past four years.
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