Partners Joseph Fitapelli & Brian Schaffer Selected to Prestigious NY Super Lawyers List

Joseph Fitapelli and Brian Schaffer have been selected to this year’s NY Super Lawyers list yet again. Through their dedication and commitment to their hard-working clients, both founding partners have made the selective cut of being featured on this list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Together, Mr. Fitapelli and Mr. Schaffer have helped recover well over 100 million dollars for their clients. The firm specializes exclusively on ...

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Tyson Prepared Foods, Inc. Sued for Unpaid OT

Tyson Prepared Foods, Inc, one of the world’s largest meat packaging and processing companies, has been sued for unpaid overtime wages. On June 23, 2020, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, and Shellist Lozarz Slobin LLP filed an amended complaint that alleges Tyson failed to pay its Production Supervisors overtime and related damages with regard to wage violations. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), a federal law, these employees may be entitled to recover overtime for their tie spent working at ...

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Air Methods, Medical Helicopter Co., to Pay $78M in Unpaid OT

Air Methods, which provides medical helicopter emergency air transport to over 100,000 patients a year throughout multiple states, will be paying almost $80 million to its employees to settle claims they owed them significant wages. A California judge has given final approval of the $78 million settlement that will compensate flight crew employees for unpaid overtime and missed breaks. The company has also committed to paying its California medical flight crews daily overtime going forward as ...

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Healthcare Workers to Receive $3.2 Million in Unpaid OT Deal

Healthcare workers have received final approval of a $3.2 million settlement resolving claims of unpaid wages by a nurse staffing company. This nationwide hospital staffing company, Advantage RN, allegedly failed to correctly pay its workers for overtime under federal and state law. The lawsuit that was filed back in May 2017 against Advantage RN alleged violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and California labor law which included unpaid overtime and untimely pay.  More than ...

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Facebook Employees Push for $1.65M to Resolve Unpaid OT Claims

Facebook employees of the social media giant recently reached a $1.65 million settlement to resolve claims of unpaid overtime. More than 60 employees that were employed by Facebook as client solution managers (“CSMs”) between December 2, 2015 and June 12, 2020 stand to benefit from this settlement if the judge approves of the agreement. Each affected worker will receive a net average $15,000 after fees and costs.

The original putative class and collective action lawsuit, which was ...

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Employee Reimbursement for Business Expenses in California Reexamined

Employee reimbursement regardingbusiness expenses is on the forefront of many workers’ minds these days. This year, with a pandemic causing a dramatic change to business operations, many employers were forced to transition some, or all, of their workers to work remotely. Even though companies may have made an initial attempt to ensure their employees had the necessary technology to make the transition as seamless as possible, this is uncharted territory for many businesses and employees alike, and its important to ...

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Prison Guards to Receive $3.2M for Time Spent Clearing Security Checks

Prison guards of CoreCivic Inc., a private prison operator, have just resolved claims of unpaid wages for $3.2 million. The class action lawsuit had claimed the affected employees went unpaid for the time spent clearing security checks before and after their shifts. More than 1,200 prison guards who worked for CoreCivic in California between 2012 and 2019 stand to benefit from the settlement.

The lawsuit had alleged that the company failed to pay its employees during the ...

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Chipotle Settles Unpaid Wage Claims for $1.75M

Chipotle hourly workers in California have just settled claims for owed wages alleging that the fast food giant failed to provide required rest breaks to thousands of workers. A California state judge preliminarily approved the $1.75 million settlement that will benefit approximately 7,000 employees. The approval, that comes five years after the initial filing, has ensured that affected current and former employees are receiving the most out of the settlement.

The labor violations cited in the initial ...

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Wireline Engineers for MBI Energy Win Collective Action Status for Unpaid OT

Early last year, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, alongside Bruckner Burch PLLC, filed a class and collective action seeking overtime against MBI Energy on behalf of salaried Wireline Engineers. The case continues to move forward successfully as the Court has recently affirmed a decision granting conditional certification of the proposed class.

In February 25, 2020, the Magistrate Judge granted Plaintiff’s Motion for conditional Certification, meaning that all Wireline Engineers who worked for MBI Energy, regardless of locations worked, could receive notice of ...

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Walgreens Sued by Hourly Employees for Unpaid OT and Timely Pay

Walgreens, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States, has just been sued by its hourly workers for unpaid wages. On September 22, 2020, Fitapelli & Schaffer filed a class action lawsuit against the pharmacy in order to recover overtime pay, timely pay and other damages for similarly situated hourly workers entitled to overtime who work or have worked at Walgreens. Hourly workers such as cashiers, greeters, and customer service associates may have claims under this class action lawsuit.

The pharmacy chain employs tens of ...

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