A Tennessee federal court judge approved a $3 million class action settlement agreed to by Olan Mills Inc. and its employees.
The 18 class representatives worked for Olan Mills in Tennessee, California, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Michigan. Most of the class members were employed as studio photographers and paid on an hourly as opposed to a salary. The claimed that Olan Mills required them to work off the clock including before their shifts and after their shifts. In addition, the employees claim that the company failed to pay overtime, failed to allow employees rest and meal breaks, and failed to reimburse employees for expenses. These violations allegedly occurred between 2003 and 2009.
In addition, the court approved additional settlements for class representatives bringing claims of pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment.
If you are working off the clock or if you have not been reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses, you should talk with an attorney specializing in the Fair Labor Standards Act.