Planned Furniture Promotions, Inc. (“PFP”)
PFP provides liquidation services and conducts sales promotions for furniture retailers.
PFP maintains a principal place of business at 9 Moody Road Building D, Suite 18, Enfield, Connecticut 06082.
Wage Solutions, Inc. (“Wage Solutions”)
Wage Solutions provides payroll and HR services.
Wage Solutions maintains a principal place of business at 2570 Foxfield Rd., Suite 200, St. Charles, IL 60174.
Position(s): All individuals who worked in the office of a furniture store serviced by Planned Furniture Promotions, were paid a salary, and held the position of “office supervisor,” and/or were responsible for office-opening/closing duties, processing sales, and answering the store phone.
Time Period: At any time within the period of 3/16/2015 to the present
The Claims in the Lawsuit
Plaintiff brings this action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S.C. §201, et seq. The complaint alleges that Defendants improperly classified these workers as salary-exempt employees and paid them a fixed salary regardless of how many hours they worked per week and, therefore, failed to pay the workers overtime compensation at a rate of not less than one and one-half (1.5) times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 per workweek.
The case was filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on March 16, 2018.
How to Participate
If you believe you are owed overtime wages from the claims in the lawsuit, you can join the case by signing a “Consent to Sue” form, which you can obtain by clicking here .
Until the Consent to Sue form is filed with the Court, the statute of limitations ordinarily continues to run. The statute of limitations under the Fair Labor Standards Act is 2 years, and 3 years for willful violations. Thus, if you claim wages from 2 or more years ago, they may become unrecoverable if you delay in signing your Consent to Sue form.
If you choose to join this lawsuit, you will be bound by any judgment on any claim you may have under the Fair Labor Standards Act, whether favorable or unfavorable. This means that if you win, you may be eligible to share in the monetary award; if you lose, no money will be awarded and you will not be able to file another lawsuit regarding the matters raised in the lawsuit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Defendant(s) discipline or fire me if I join the case?
No! The Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits retaliation and imposes harsh measures against employers who retaliate. For further information, please consult the Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet.
Will I have to testify or provide documentary proof?
Not necessarily. Many employees obtain monetary recoveries in Fair Labor Standards Act cases without ever having to appear at court or for depositions.
You are not required to provide documentary proof of your unpaid wages. In most cases, the employer is required to provide the employee’s payroll records to the employee and his or her attorney. In fact, the Fair Labor Standards Act mandates that employers keep accurate time and payroll records. The employer cannot escape this duty by requiring you as the employee to provide proof.
However, it is still important that you preserve any physical or electronic evidence relating to the case that you currently possession.
Will JTB Law Group be my attorneys?
Employees who sign Retainer Agreements and/or Consent to Sue forms will be represented by JTB Law Group with respect to the lawsuit and claims described above.
You will not be required to pay any attorneys’ fees or court costs to the Plaintiffs’ lawyers at this time and not pay any attorneys’ fees unless you prevail. Rather, in the event the Plaintiffs prevail in the lawsuit, by either judgment or settlement, the Plaintiffs’ attorneys will request that the Court order Defendant(s) to pay the Plaintiffs’ lawyers their reasonable attorneys’ fees and reimburse them for any expenses.
How long will the case take?
It is very difficult to predict exactly how long a case will take. It depends on a variety of factors including the number of parties and claims involved, the rules and pace of the court, the complexity of the proofs, and the manner in which the employer defends the case.
When and if a settlement is reached, additional time is needed to prepare settlement documents, calculate settlement allocations, and seek and await the court’s review and approval of the settlement. Wage-and-hour cases typically take 2-3 years, but this can be shorter or increase considerably.