Outten & Golden LLP, along with their co-counsel Getman & Sweeney, PLLC, recently filed a class action lawsuit in New York federal court against Ecolab, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that has approximately 27,500 employees who serve customers in equipment care and a wide range of other industries. The Complaint alleges that Ecolab denied overtime pay to route managers nationwide by misclassifying them as exempt from wage laws. Route managers perform maintenance, installation, and repair services on commercial dishwashing equipment on Ecolab’s business customers’ premises nationwide. The plaintiffs worked well in excess of 40 hours per week and received no overtime pay. Individuals from New York and New Jersey have already joined the lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks to recover unpaid overtime pay (back wages) for route managers for all the hours they worked over 40 each week, liquidated damages, and other relief.
Outten & Golden LLP and Getman, Sweeney & Dunn, PLLC previously litigated three class actions against Ecolab, Inc. for denying overtime pay to route managers by misclassifying them as exempt from wage laws. On May 11, 2010, the Court endorsed the parties’ settlement agreement for those three cases. Those cases, collectively, settled on behalf of approximately 345 class members for $6 million. Clark v. Ecolab Inc., No. 07 CIV. 8623, 2010 WL 1948198 (S.D.N.Y. May 11, 2010).
(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)