Service Pros Installation Group is a provider of installation services for home appliances and products purchased from Lowe’s.
Position(s): Measurement Technicians;
Location(s): anywhere in the United States;
Time Period: on or after January 8, 2016.
The Claims in the Lawsuit
The lawsuit alleges that Service Pros Installation Group misclassified Measurement Technicians as independent contractors and violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by:
- paying Measurement Technicians weekly net compensation (i.e. gross pay minus expenses) that averaged out to less than $7.25 per hour;
- paying Measurement Technicians a piece rate for each successful appointment without paying any additional premium pay for hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours.
09/26/2018: the case was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and has been assigned to Travis R. McDonough.
01/25/2019: a court approved notice was mailed to All Measurement Technicians who worked for Service Pros Installation Group, Inc. and were classified as independent contractors at any time at any time on or after January 8, 2016. Such individuals were eligible to join the case by signing and returning Consent to Join forms on or before March 26, 2019.
How to Participate
The deadline to file a claim in the lawsuit passed on March 26, 2019. Therefore, it is too late to recover wages from this particular lawsuit – although you can still provide information and evidence if you so choose.
If you believe you are owed wages from Service Pros, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Unless and until you file a claim, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Defendant 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 Brown, LLC be my attorneys?
Employees that sign Retainer Agreements and/or Consent to Sue forms will be represented by Brown, LLC and Greg Coleman Law PC 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.