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US – Contingent Workers Settle California Suit

April 16 2012

A settlement has been reached in a wage and hour lawsuit by contingent workers against PrO Unlimited and staffing client Juniper Networks Holdings International Inc., a computer networking firm, according to court documents. The workers claimed they did not receive overtime for working more than eight hours a day.

The workers signed employment agreements with PrO and Juniper stating that they were classified as exempt from overtime and were required to track daily work in eight-hour increments, according to the lawsuit. However, the lawsuit argued plaintiffs regularly worked more than eight hours per day.

PrO Unlimited was not able to comment on the case.

The court was notified of the settlement last month, but the suit was first filed in July 2011. It sought to represent all contingent employees who worked at both PrO and Juniper in California.

Named defendants in the lawsuit include Michael Lazarin, who worked as a recruiter from March 2008 to November 2009; Stephen Kohler, who worked as a senior staffing manager from October 2008 through October 2009; and Paul Capano, who worked as a recruiter from August 2008 through January 2010. All three worked at a Juniper location in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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Ronald Stein 04/16/2012 05:46 pm

For those employers that blatantly are in violation of the IRS criteria, to not pay premium (time and one half) for hours in excess of 8 per day, the State Labor Board can help by completing the form at their website http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Form1.pdf


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John Long 04/16/2012 04:33 pm

Anyone in this situation has the option of seeking new employment. As a slave, you would not have this option.


Shift Supervisor

Scott Zimmer 04/16/2012 03:05 pm

The Exempt classification is a FRAUD and every governor, senator, legislator and politician in the country should be looking at the so called "Over time exemptions". I work for 3M Company and I am required to work 84 hours per week, nights, days, weekends, holidays etc. under the ruse of "Exempt". It is a complete fraud. The salaried overtime exemptions were never meant to require workers to work hundreds or thousands of hours without overtime, they were meant to have a worker work a little longer occasionally whenever the job required it to complete the job. Currently the overtime exemptions are now being used similar to "SLAVERY".


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