A plaintiff has filed a wage and hour lawsuit against Christian Faith Publishing alleging they violated the Fair Labor Standard Act and other laws by misclassifying workers and failing to pay overtime.
Wage and Hour Lawsuit Alleges Money Due
The plaintiff is a resident of Tennessee and worked for Christian Faith Publishing from February 2017 through December 11, 2017. She alleges in her wage and hour lawsuit that she was a covered employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
That plaintiff worked with the defendant remotely out of her home, making use of her computer and her telephone. The wage and hour lawsuit argues that Christian Faith Publishing based in Pennsylvania was an employer of the plaintiff under the interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act; however, the company never compensated her and others for their overtime work as required under the law.
The wage and hour lawsuit says that employees who worked on behalf of the company from their home selling publishing services were never appropriately compensated for overtime for the hours they worked in excess of 40 each week.
According to the lawsuit, the primary job duties of the plaintiff and other workers were to contact lists of potential customers and to persuade them to purchase publishing, calling prospective customers, discussing an author’s book, persuading customers to submit their writing for review, informing prospective customers whether or not their writing was accepted and selling publishing services to those customers to those who were accepted.
The wage and hour lawsuit says that the employer had the sole ability to negotiate and set the price for publishing services and accept or reject the work of potential customers, as well. The company also dictated how the literary agents working for the company performed their work, such as what they are permitted to say, what platforms they can use to communicate with potential customers, and how often they contact potential customers.
The wage and hour lawsuit argues that these workers were misclassified as non-employees and therefore, denied the benefits and right of employment such as overtime wages. The workers in this situation were paid a flat rate for every sale they made and the plaintiff says that she and others were regularly asked to work in excess of 40 hours per week.
The wage and hour legal claim seeks corrective action in the form of liquidated damages, unpaid overtime compensation, interest and attorney’s fees and costs.
Any company that engages in violation of state or federal labor laws may be named as liable in a wage and hour lawsuit, with an affected employee entitled to past due damages and expenses. Common allegations in a wage and hour lawsuit include claims of unpaid overtime and misclassification.
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The Christian Faith Publishing Wage and Hour Lawsuit is O’Brien v. Christian Faith Publishing, Case No. 3:18-cv-00024, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville division.
Note: Bradley/Grombacher is not representing the plaintiff in this lawsuit.