Wage & Overtime

State Law Wage & Hour Claims

Outten & Golden was one of the very first law firms to successfully prosecute a federal and state wage and hour class action in one lawsuit, setting legal precedent in this field over a decade ago. Since then, Outten & Golden has become the preeminent wage and hour class action firm, representing thousands of workers to recover unpaid wages under both state and federal law.

While federal law sets the “floor” for minimum workplace protections, most states have their own statutes to regulate wages and hours beyond what the federal law provides. Because workers in some states can recover back wages for more years under state law than under federal law, successfully prosecuting class actions under both sets of laws serves workers best, and Outten & Golden is the firm with the most experience bringing these cases.

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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.

Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor Associate Overtime Lawsuit


On December 19, 2014, Outten & Golden LLP, along with co-counsel Klafter Olsen & Lesser LLC, and Shavitz Law Group, P.A., filed a class action on behalf of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Pre-Production Financial Adviser Associates (“FAAs”). The case sought compensation for overtime hours...


Attys Warn Of Wage And Hour Implications Without Roe


This situation highlights the urgency of building federal infrastructure to support working parents, but the outlook is "bleak," said Menaka Fernando, a partner with worker-side firm Outten & Golden LLP.

"There's going to be a significant number of these individuals in these states that will be forced to have children and carry their pregnancy to term. … These are the same states that are woefully lacking in protections for working mothers," Fernando said. "I think that working mothers are all but guaranteed to not have the support that they need by their employers, particularly when they're forced into this situation."

Top Wage And Hour Law Developments To Watch In 2022


Chauniqua Young of Outten & Golden LLP, who represents workers in discrimination cases, said new requirements that employers must be transparent around salary ranges, which Connecticut, Nevada and Rhode Island passed in 2021, were especially important.

"The fact that you have three jurisdictions passing these types of laws is a tribute to legislatures trying to get things done and probably a host of organizers that are bringing issues to state legislatures' attention," Young said. "I expect to see that more states will pass pay transparency laws."

Panera Bread Franchisee, Managers Secure $4.6 Million Wage Deal

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A $4.6 million deal between Covelli Enterprises Inc.—the nation’s top PaneraBread franchisee—and more than 900 assistant managers who alleged Fair Labor Standards Act and Ohio overtime violations won final approval from a federal judge, after some modifications.