Urban Outfitters department managers who were denied overtime wages when working more than 40 hours per week.
Urban Outfitters department managers may be able to seek financial compensation for up to twice the amount of overtime wages originally owed to them, dating back two to three years.
On June 24, 2013, a lawsuit was filed by Urban Outfitters department managers seeking compensation for unpaid overtime wages.
Type of Lawsuit
Department managers at Urban Outfitters who were not paid overtime may be able to seek compensation for their unpaid wages. It has been alleged that the company has misclassified its department managers as ineligible to collect overtime under the executive exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act – despite the fact that these employees do not fulfill the legal requirements of this exemption.
If you are a current or former department manager at Urban Outfitters, you may be able to join other employees in seeking compensation for unpaid overtime wages.
Misclassification – A Common Overtime Scam
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) stipulates that workers be paid 1.5 times their regular rate when working more than 40 hours in a single week. In general, executives and managers are not entitled to collect overtime under the FLSA. It has been alleged, however, that Urban Outfitters department managers are not, in practice, managers as recognized by the FLSA, are treated as equal to regular staff, and are therefore owed overtime wages. According to a recent lawsuit, Urban Outfitters department managers regularly carry out tasks such as cleaning, folding clothes, building displays, processing shipments, and providing customer service – work which is not exempt from overtime pay. Additionally, these department managers do not primarily hire, fire, supervise or discipline other workers, and therefore must be paid overtime under the FLSA, according to the suits. Still, it is believed that Urban Outfitters has a policy of requiring department managers to work 40-plus hour workweeks without receiving overtime pay.
Urban Outfitters Pay May Be Unlawful
If department managers are being classified as exempt managers, but in reality are being treated as regular staff, Urban Outfitters may be acting unlawfully in refusing these workers overtime wages. Both current or former department managers who have worked over 40 hours per week may be able to seek compensation for unpaid wages.