WIS International Overtime Pay
Following a $14,850,000 settlement on behalf of WIS's California employees, Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP and Lear Werts LLP, is now pursuing a nationwide case against WIS Holdings Corporation a/k/a WIS International and Washington Inventory Service, INC. ("WIS") alleging that employees did not receive overtime pay as required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The case is "Joseph Berte, et al., v. WIS Holdings Corporation, a/k/a WIS International, and Washington Inventory Service, Inc.," Case No. 3:07-cv-1932 filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Conditional Collective Action Certification Granted
The Court recently granted conditional certification for this lawsuit to proceed as a collective action. On August 25, 2011, A Notice of Collective Action Lawsuit was mailed to all potentially eligible individuals, informing them about the case and their right to join. The period to join the case is now closed. Plaintiffs are currently pursuing amendment of their claims to add relevant state law causes of action and the case is proceeding to discovery.
Background of the Case
WIS provides inventory counting services to retail companies throughout the United States. The complaint alleges that WIS fails to pay its Inventory Associates ("IAs") earned compensation, including overtime, and fails to keep accurate time records in order to save payroll costs. Specifically, plaintiffs claim that WIS systematically underpays IAs because the company fails to record all time worked, including travel time. Plaintiffs believe that WIS failed to pay employees their earned wages and overtime compensation violates the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). Stueve Siegel Hanson settled a similar lawsuit on behalf of all California IAs in 2009 for $14,850,000. This lawsuit was filed as a collective action on behalf of all similarly situated Inventory Associates employed by WIS in the past three years.
If you are a current or former Inventory Associate and you have information that you believe may be helpful to the case, please contact us at 866-714-0878.
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