Baron and Budd attorney Allen Vaught is currently pursuing a class action overtime wage lawsuit against the construction equipment rental company Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. The plaintiffs in the case had previously worked at two of Sunbelt’s rental stores. The lawsuit alleges that the company failed to pay adequate overtime wages to the workers and forced them to work off-the-clock before or after shift, perform work during lunch periods while being forced to be clocked-out and work after-hours in the Sunbelt’s 24-hour emergency services operation without pay.
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), all hourly workers must be paid overtime wages if an employee exceeds 40 hours in a workweek. Additionally, workers must generally be paid for all hours worked, including tasks such as preparing equipment, booting up a computer, opening duties and closing duties. If an employer deducts pay for a lunch period, the worker must receive a full, uninterrupted 30-minute minimum lunch period without performing any work duties.