Business of Law

Lawyer Sues Firm for Overtime Pay, Seeks Class Action Status

A New York attorney has sued a well-known plaintiffs’ class action law firm at which he formerly was employed as a temporary worker, contending that he should have been paid time-and-a-half for additional hours after he put in a 40-hour week.

In a federal lawsuit filed today in Manhattan, plaintiff Moshe Koplowitz alleges that Labaton Sucharow violated federal labor law by failing to pay the overtime rate, the City Room blog of the New York Times reports.

Koplowitz is seeking class action status and says he thinks other law firms are also shortchanging their employees.

A spokeswoman for the law firm declined to comment because it hasn’t yet received a copy of the suit.

Related earlier coverage: “Legal Secretaries Pursue Class Action Against IP Boutique, Claim Overtime Violations” “Law Firms Beware: Unpaid Internships May Violate Labor Law, Practitioners Say” “Top 10 Wage-and-Hour Settlements Tally 44% More in 2009” “Workers File Massive $100M Wage Suit Against Bank of America”

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