Defendant Southern Star Dish is a regional service provider for Dish Network installing satellite systems in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas
Location(s): Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas
Time Period: February 2017 to present
The Claims in the Lawsuit
The lawsuit alleges that Southern Star Dish required Installers to begin calling customers at 7:00 AM to make “status calls,” which involved calling the customers the Installers planned to see that day, but prohibited them from clocking in until they reached their first customer’s location, which was usually around 8:00 AM. The lawsuit seeks overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Arkansas Minimum Wage Act for hours in excess of 40 in a workweek that Installers spent performing status calls and driving to their first location each day.
2/13/20 – The Complaint was filed in the United States District Court of Western District of Arkansas, and has been assigned to the Honorable P. K. Holmes III.
How to Participate
Until an employee’s 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 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 Brown, LLC be my attorneys?
Employees who sign Retainer Agreements and/or Consent to Sue forms will be represented by Brown, LLC and Sanford Law Firm, PLLC 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.