DALLAS – (September 25, 2012) – Last week, the national law firm of Baron and Budd filed a lawsuit against construction equipment rental company Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. regarding alleged violations of overtime wage laws. The plaintiffs, who worked in two of Sunbelt’s retail stores, claim that: Sunbelt did not pay them adequate overtime wages as required by law and forced them to work off-the-clock before or after a shift, required them to work after-hours in the Sunbelt’s 24 hour emergency services operation without pay at times, and improperly deducted pay for lunch periods when they performed work. Baron and Budd attorney Allen Vaught represents the workers in the case.

“Many workers do not realize that their employer is not paying them fairly,” said attorney Vaught, head of Baron and Budd’s overtime violations litigation section. “Employers cannot force, or even permit, workers to perform work ‘off-the-clock’ or during lunch breaks without pay. Sadly, this tactic is more common than people might think by employers in an attempt to save money on employee wages.”

Sunbelt Rentals is a national chain with more than 300 stores across the country. Though this lawsuit represents a violation at just two stores, it is likely that similar violations have occurred at other Sunbelt stores. After investigation, Baron and Budd has found that virtually every position at Sunbelt retail stores may be affected, including customer service representatives, dispatchers, assistant store managers and drivers.

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), all hourly workers must be paid for all hours worked, including preparing equipment for the day or booting up their computers, and if the employer deducts pay for a lunch period, they generally must be given a full, uninterrupted 30-minute lunch period. If an employer violates the FLSA, workers can receive their unpaid back wages plus liquidated damages of double the amount owed. 

If you think that you, a friend or family member may have not been paid proper overtime wages while working for Sunbelt Rentals or believe your overtime wage rights are being violated by any employer, please feel free to contact attorney Allen Vaught at 1.866.495.1255 or via email at avaught@baronbudd.com.

Your initial case evaluation is free and confidential.

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About Baron & Budd, P.C.

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