A Florida federal judge has approved a $550,000 collective action settlement between MetroPCS Wireless Inc. and a group of account service representatives who said they had been improperly denied overtime. U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington found the deal was fair and reasonable. She ruled that the settlement, which provides credit for roughly five hours of overtime worked by each Plaintiff for each week during the class period, represented a fair compromise, as discovery had shown the service representatives had worked an average of one to 10 hours overtime each week.
Named Plaintiffs Karen Palma and Hallie Selgert sued MetroPCS in March 2013, claiming they routinely worked overtime hours but were misclassified as exempt employees in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Judge Covington conditionally certified the class in December, finding the Plaintiffs were similarly situated and that MetroPCS’ “barrage” declarations challenging the motion were inappropriate for that stage in the litigation process.
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