On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class and collective action against Major Cleaning, Inc., for unpaid wages. Major Cleaning, which provides full service commercial cleaning to high end restaurants in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, has allegedly failed to pay its cleaners the proper overtime. This lawsuit seeks to recover minimum wages, overtime wages, and other damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) for similarly situated cleaners who have worked on behalf of Major Cleaning, Inc.
Cleaners, who consistently worked well over 40 hours per week with 1 to 2 days off per month, claim they were paid a daily rate or on a day-rate basis. Cleaners allege that when their weekly pay is divided by the hours worked, they often failed to receive at least the minimum wage. In addition, Major Cleanings did not pay overtime compensation at 1.5 times their regular rate of pay when Cleaners worked over 40 hours per workweek. Additionally, since cleaners are considered manual workers under New York Labor Law (“NYLL”), they should have been paid on a weekly basis. Despite these manual task requirements, Major Cleaning pays its cleaners bi-weekly, thereby failing to properly pay its cleaners in New York their wages as required by the NYLL.
Affected employees for this matter may include all cleaners who work or have worked for Major Cleaning assigned to any job locations between September 24, 2016 and the date of the final judgment in this matter, and who elect to opt into this action. To find out more about this and to see if you might be eligible to join, feel free to contact us at (212) 300-0375. Additionally, if you work or have recently worked in the industry as a manual laborer or commercial cleaner and feel you may be owed wages, you can also reach out for a free and confidential consultation. Our website is also available for helpful information regarding your rights.
You can also view the filed complaint here.