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National Lawsuit Seeks Overtime Pay for Past and Present Sales Employees
Dallas, Texas –(July 6, 2011) – Attorney Allen Vaught of Baron and Budd, P.C. announced the recent filing of a class action federal Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit charging that Supermedia, Inc., formerly known as Idearc, Inc., wrongfully denied hundreds of inside sales employees overtime compensation over the preceding three year period. Federal law clearly requires that an employee’s base salary in addition to all commissions be included in calculating the overtime pay rate for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. However, Supermedia failed to include sales commissions in the calculation of the overtime pay due its sales employees. Given the number of employees in addition to the time period involved, Supermedia potentially denied its employees millions of dollars in overtime compensation.
"It is hard to believe that in the year 2011, any American company would manipulate the legally required compensation due its employees," said Allen Vaught, head of Baron and Budd’s FLSA litigation section. "The overtime compensation laws have been on the books since the 1930’s. This class action lawsuit is about economic justice for the hundreds of current and former sales employees of Supermedia and its predecessor Idearc. Supermedia has been successful because of its sales employees and should pay these workers the federally required wages they are due.
Supermedia is a publicly traded company that primarily sells print and online advertising to small and medium sized businesses. According to its most recent Form 10-K filing, it is "one of the largest yellow pages directory publishers in the United States as measured by revenue." It also offers "online advertising solutions." Additionally, it offers direct mail services to its customers. Supermedia advertises that it is "the official publisher of Verizon Communications, Inc. print directories in which Verizon is currently the incumbent local telephone exchange carrier."
Current and former Supermedia and Idearc sales employees who wish to report their work experiences or learn more about the lawsuit or their legal rights should visit http://www.supermediaovertimelawsuit.com or http://www.facebook.com/supermedia.overtime.lawsuit. The website and Facebook group will allow witnesses and claimants to contact Baron and Budd attorney Allen Vaught directly.
The lawsuit, entitled Palmer v. Supermedia Inc., Case No.3:11-cv-01647-B, was filed in United States District Court in Dallas, Texas on July 1, 2011.
About Baron & Budd, P.C.
The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin, Los Angeles and Miami, is a nationally recognized law firm with a 30-year history of "Protecting What’s Right" for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals, governmental and business entities in areas as diverse as water contamination, Gulf oil spill, Qui Tam, California Proposition 65 violations, dangerous medications and medical devices, Chinese drywall, insurance claims, commercial litigation, securities fraud and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.