Wage & Overtime

Collective Actions

Outten & Golden attorneys represent employees in a multitude of collective actions against employers of all sizes. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars of lost minimum and overtime wages for workers in such diverse industries as financial services, restaurants, retail, and technology.* Outten & Golden lawyers have the legal experience, litigation resources, and knowledge necessary to prosecute and win complicated collective actions. 

Like their procedural cousin the “class action,” collective actions are an important tool to vindicate the rights of groups of employees who suffered similar wage violations. Under the federal wage and hour statute, FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), if employees wish to bring a group claim in federal court to recover lost wages, such as unpaid minimum wages or overtime, they must file a collective action rather than a class action, which has different procedural rules. 

Outten & Golden lawyers are experts in both collective and class actions and in prosecuting every kind of wage violation.

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

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On July 10, 2019, Chief Judge Terrence W. Boyle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina issued a ruling that allows plaintiffs, represented by Outten & Golden LLP and our co-counsel, the North Carolina Justice Center and Patterson Harkavy LLP, to notify all people allegedly harmed by the defendants’ compensation practices to join this class and collective action.