Fidelity Employee Overtime Lawsuit – Class Action Settlement Achieved

March 28, 2019

Fidelity has agreed to pay current and former employees $1.2 million to settle claims that Fidelity underpaid them overtime.

The settlement included two classes of employees: a class of California workers and a class of federal workers.

The allegations under California labor law were that Fidelity improperly calculated the rate of California overtime pay by failing to include job benefits that should be treated the same as income when calculating the employee’s “regular rate of pay.”

Overtime in California is calculated as 1.5 times the regular rate of pay for hours worked beyond 8 per day, but less than 12 hours per day. Anything over 12 hours should be compensated at 2x the regular rate.

In the Fidelity employee overtime lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged that:

Fidelity Brokerage failed 1) to properly account for bonus payments when calculating her overtime pay;

(2) to include student loan repayments paid under Fidelity Brokerage’s Step Ahead Student Loan Program in calculating
her overtime pay; and

(3) to include reimbursement of fitness-related expenses made under Fidelity Brokerage’s Fitness
Reimbursement Program in calculating her overtime pay.

It is often the case that job benefits — such as student loan repayment incentives and gym membership incentives — must be included when calculating the regular rate of pay. The law seeks to avoid employers undercompensating their workers for overtime by shifting compensation from cash wages to job benefits.

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Our California employment attorneys – with over 50 years of collective experience litigating under California employment law – know how to fight for employees’ rights and get them the money they deserve. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars for California employees and represent individuals as well as class actions in virtually every area of California employment and labor laws: California overtime law, off the clock violations in CA, breach of contract disputes, California independent contractor law, sexual harassment, employee misclassification, discrimination, as well as mass layoffs in violation of the California WARN Act. Our California employment lawyers are repeatedly recognized for their expertise litigating in California. Founding partner Eric Gibbs has been selected as one of the Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California. And seventeen of the firm’s attorneys were selected as Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, a distinction received by less than 5% of attorneys in Northern California.

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