Former managers and assistant managers have filed a lawsuit in United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, against Publix Super Markets alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the lawsuit, Publix should have paid their managers overtime, as non-exempt employees who are eligible for overtime, and that overtime should have been paid using ‘time and a half’ rates instead of ‘half-time’ rates for when more than 40-hours per week were worked. The lawsuit also says that Publix violates the federal Fair Labor Standards Act by not including regular bonuses received by the managers when calculating overtime pay, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The lawsuit contends that Publix schedules “its department managers and assistant managers to work a tremendous amount of overtime each week.”
Publix spokespersons Maria Brous said, “We are confident that we’re doing the right thing by our associates,” and that its overtime pay structure follows the guidelines of the law.
The lawsuit seeks class action status, and unpaid overtime compensation, plus damages, attorney fees and court costs.