A hearing is set for a California wage and overtime case against North American Title Co., that involves hundreds of escrow and title officers who allege the company has some unfinished business in the form of unpaid overtime.
All too often, employers misclassify financial service employees as exempt from overtime. In this case, the California title company learned the wage and hour laws at a tough price after the court certified the case as a class-action lawsuit.
Case in Point – Hundreds of workers take North American Title to court for overtime
Hundreds of former escrow and title officers for North American Title Co. claim that the company did not pay them overtime pay when they worked more than 40 hours in a week. This is a violation of California labor law, and federal overtime laws, when non-exempt employees are not paid overtime.
This case has in interesting beginning: A former employee filed a defamation lawsuit against North American Title six years ago and received $200,000 in damages. During the trial, her attorney discovered she was working long hours without overtime pay. This spawned the wage and overtime case against North American and against several other California escrow and title companies.
If you are an escrow or title officer and your job mainly involves preparing and reviewing documents and reports you may be considered non-exempt under the law, which means you are eligible to be paid overtime.
How to recover YOUR unpaid overtime
Workplaces across America are not monitored for correct payment practices. For this reason, employment lawyers are the worker’s watchdog when it comes to ensuring you are paid your correct overtime rate as a non-exempt worker.
If you have questions about your exemption status or if you believe your employer has not paid you for all hours worked take advantage of a free case review by contacting our office toll-free at 1-888-449-2068.
Kennedy Hodges does not represent the case above, but we have helped many workers in all types of industries to recover the back wages they are owed. You can order our free book to learn more about wage and overtime claims.