Employees who work tirelessly to keep up with the demands of their employers typically just want to receive fair compensation. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. When the employees of Baja Auto Insurance believed they were being treated unfairly by not receiving the overtime they deserved, they sought the help of Kennedy Hodges, LLP.
The Job Requirements of the Baja Auto Insurance Employees
The employees that Kennedy Hodges represented in this case were customer service representatives (CSR) of Baja Auto Insurance, a chain automobile insurance broker located throughout the state of Texas. The basic duties of the CSR are to assist customers with the purchases of their auto insurance policies.
In order to do this, the CSR obtains an auto insurance quote for the customer after collecting his or her information. This is done by following a scripted question and answer session, and by using various drop-down menu selections on the Baja Auto Insurance computer system. The CSR is limited to the policies that are provided by the Baja Auto Insurance system. The CSR then submits the collected data into the Baja Auto Insurance computer system, where it then produces quotes for the prospective insurance companies, or denials. The CSR would then present this information to the customer.
Violations Committed by Baja Auto Insurance
The Baja Auto Insurance employees worked more than 40 hours per week; however, their paychecks would only reflect 40 hours of straight pay—not the overtime pay they worked hard for, and deserved. The CSR were not compensated for the work they did beyond their 40 hours in any capacity. This unfair treatment is a clear violation of the mandates that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) put in place regarding the payment of overtime for employees who work over 40 hours per week.
The FLSA states that employers are required to give their employees payment at one-and-a-half times the regular rate of pay over each hour worked over 40, per week. Baja Auto Insurance was only paying their employees for 40 hours of work per week, even though they worked well over that amount.
Additionally, the FLSA mandates that employers must pay their employees at least $7.25 per hour, which is the minimum wage requirement. Not only did Baja Auto Insurance fail to pay their employees for any overtime hours worked, it also didn’t pay them the minimum wage pay requirement. This happened when the total compensation was divided by the total amount of time worked, often causing the rate of pay to fall below the $7.25 requirement.
Kennedy Hodges Takes on Baja Auto Insurance
The employees of Baja Auto Insurance came to the lawyers of Kennedy Hodges to seek out help receiving the overtime compensation they worked hard for and were denied by unfair business practices committed by Baja Auto Insurance. On behalf of the CSR at Baja Auto Insurance, the legal team sought compensation for the employees’ unpaid overtime, liquidated damages, and attorneys’ fees as required by the FLSA for the past three years before the lawsuit was filed.
After working hard for our clients and presenting solid evidence and a compelling case to a judge, the ruling was in favor of the employees of Baja Auto Insurance and the Kennedy Hodges law firm. The judge awarded the plaintiffs an undisclosed amount.
Kennedy Hodges Fights for the Rights of Workers
Employees work hard for their employers, and they deserve to be paid the rightful amounts. The Kennedy Hodges law firm wants to represent those who feel they are being treated fairly by their employers. If you believe you are owed overtime pay, we may be able to help you, just like we helped the CSR of Baja Auto Insurance. Contact our legal team today and schedule a consultation by calling 855-947-0707.