Misclassification is common in the IT industry, especially for employees who work out in the field like the TSEs in this case.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 21, 2012
On Friday, August 17, 2012, a “Technical Service Engineer” filed a Fair Labor Standards Act Complaint in federal court against his former employer, Ricoh Americas Corporation (“Ricoh”). The named Plaintiff “TSE” was employed by the company for several years prior to filing the lawsuit on behalf of himself and other “similarly situated” TSEs. The Complaint alleges that Ricoh willfully denied TSEs overtime pay by classifying him as exempt from the FLSA’s overtime protections before June 2011, at which time the company reclassified TSEs from exempt to non-exempt and began paying them overtime compensation. The named Plaintiff was paid a salary and received no overtime compensation for his overtime hours prior to June 2011.
Ricoh is a publicly traded company with its U.S. corporate headquarters located in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Ricoh employs TSEs engineers all over the country. The Complaint alleges that TSEs performed non-exempt manual labor, primarily providing technical IT support to Ricoh’s customers in the areas of networking, communications, and enterprise applications and assisted in resolving and troubleshooting customers’ issues.
Rachhana T. Srey, who represents the plaintiff and putative TSE class stated, “misclassification is common in the IT industry, especially for employees who work out in the field like the TSEs in this case. TSEs work long hours and should be fairly compensated for their overtime both before and after the company reclassified them.”
Plaintiffs are represented by Rachhana T. Srey and Paul J. Lukas from Nichols Kaster, PLLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The case was filed in federal court in the District of Colorado and is titled Lockett v. Ricoh Americas Corporation, Court File No. 1:12-cv-02187-RBJ.
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