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Class action Wage Dispute Against PricewaterhouseCoopers To Go To Trial

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California’s 9th Circuit Court ruled that 2,0000 PricewaterhouseCoopers junior accountants will have to take their class action lawsuit to trial to determine if the company owes them overtime wages under state labor laws.

The lawsuit says that employees who work over 40 hours a week must be paid overtime unless exemptions for professionals, executive or administrators are met. The plaintiffs allege their audit work did not fall under the exemptions.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton agreed that as unlicensed accountants, the plaintiffs were ineligible for the professional exemption, and because the plaintiffs had general supervision, the plaintiffs were also ineligible for the administrative exemption.

The decision was reversed by a federal appeals panel, with Judge Richard Tallman writing that “[b]oth parties introduced a wealth of evidence about the nature and scope of PwC’s supervision over plaintiffs. A jury should evaluate credibility and weigh this extensive conflicting evidence.”

Judge Tallman said that because of the limited guidance regarding ‘general supervision’ the issue could only be resolved at trial. disclaimer: This article: Class action Wage Dispute Against PricewaterhouseCoopers To Go To Trial was posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 5:53 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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