Law Practice Management

Ex-Secretary Sues Drinker Biddle Over Alleged Overtime Pay Violation


A former secretary at Drinker Biddle & Reath has sued the law firm, alleging that it agreed to pay her overtime but didn’t.

During the time she worked at the firm, from 2006 to 2008, the firm knew she was working additional hours and “required this extra work as a condition of her employment,” Shawn Havrilla says in the federal lawsuit she filed in Washington, D.C., last week, reports the Blog of Legal Times. But although the firm had agreed to pay her time-and-a-half when she worked more than 35 hours weekly, it didn’t, she contends.

The firm, which has about 700 attorneys, declined to comment when contacted by the BLT.

Related earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Exploding OT Claims for Many Employers”

ABAJournal.com: “Legal Secretaries Pursue Class Action Against IP Boutique, Claim Overtime Violations”

ABAJournal.com: “Paralegal Loses Sex Claims, But Can Sue Texas PI Lawyer Over Firing & OT”

Fox Rothschild: “Law Firm Sued by Legal Secretary on Exemption Misclassification Theory “

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