Ohio Court Approves $455,000 Settlement in Safelite Overtime Pay Suit
February 13, 2012
by Katie O'Mara, email@example.com
An Ohio court has "conditionally approved" the settlement terms in a class action suit filed by a group of CSRs against Safelite Solutions. As part of the settlement the CSRs will receive a list of all known class members to mail a notice of proposed settlement and an opt-out form. Safelite is also required, as part of the settlement, to deposit $455,000 into a settlement fund to be divided among qualified claimants.
“The amount of payment for each qualified claimant will be based on the four minutes each day worked, if that employee worked 39.667 hours or more in that particular week during the relevant period, based on that employee’s hourly rate that week, multiplied by 1.5,” read the settlement.
The claims administrators will also file paperwork to the court that attorney fees and costs by paid out of the settlement fund up to, but not exceeding $235,000, according to court documents.
“This agreement is a compromise and shall not be construed as an admission of liability at any time or for any purpose, by the parties or the released parties,” read the settlement.
The former CSRs who filed the suit, Patrick W. Heaps and Richard Ruppert, along with current CSR Joshua Pursley, had alleged that the company has failed to compensate them with overtime pay when they have worked more than 40 hours per week, and that Safelite Solutions requires its CSRs to start their shifts each day by booting up their computer systems, but then omit the time it takes the CSR to boot up the system from its calculation of the hours the CSRs have worked each week. The suit, originally filed in August 2010, was expanded to include sales representatives in both the company’s Columbus and Chandler, Ariz., facilities.
A fairness hearing has been scheduled for April 16, 2012, for final approval of the settlement agreement.
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