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Elite Limousine Service, Inc. “Limousine Driver” Overtime Lawsuit

Limousine Drivers at Elite Limousine Service, Inc. are suing for unpaid overtime wages. You might be able to join if you were a Limousine Driver at Elite during the last three years. Continue reading for details.

Update: The Hayber Law Firm has filed a Motion in Court to invite limo drivers to join the case. We are hopeful that the judge will soon authorize us to send notice of this lawsuit to limo drivers who worked for Elite between December 20, 2011, and the present.

 

 

I. Who is the defendant?

Elite Limousine Service, Inc. Elite Limousine, according to their website, provides a range of limousine, car, LimoVan and charter bus services with their hand-picked chauffeurs. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 


II. What is this case about?

Unpaid overtime wages. Limousine Drivers at Elite Limousine are paid a salary but not paid any overtime wages when they work beyond 40 hours in a week. We claim in this lawsuit that this is wrong and that Limousine Drivers are entitled to be paid on an hourly basis, including time and a half when they work more than 40 hours in a week.


III. But I am salaried? I thought that mean that I don’t get overtime?

Not true. Whether or not you get overtime is a question of law, and the fact that an employer pays you a salary and no overtime premiums does not mean that you aren’t entitled to overtime. We see many examples of employees who are told that they are salaried when in fact they should have been paid on an hourly basis, including time and a half for hours over forty.


IV. What does the law require? 

State and federal overtime laws require employers to pay time and a half when employees work more than 40 hours in a week. There are exceptions to this rule. Including, exemptions for executives, professionals, and administrators, there are also exemptions for outside sales and inside sales (but only when commissions are more than half of the employee’s total pay). Employees are allowed to join collective actions simply by signing and returning a consent form.


V. What court is the case filed in? Does it matter?

Connecticut. This case is filed in Federal Court in Connecticut. It is not limited, however, to Connecticut Limousine Drivers. We are seeking nationwide status so that Limousine Drivers from around the country can join and be represented.


VI.  Can I join? If so, how?

Yes. If you were a Limousine Driver for Elite Limousine Service, Inc. during the last 3 years. Click on the “Consent Form” button below to view and print a Consent Form.  

 Sign it, send it to us at the Hayber Law Firm and we’ll file it with the court. You can e-mail, fax or send the consent form to us via regular mail.

Our fax number is: (860) 218-9555


VII. Should I fear Retaliation?

No. It is illegal to retaliate against an employee who joins a lawsuit like this. If you experience retaliation, we will help you.


VIII. What if I don’t have records of my hours?

Don’t worry. Employees who are misclassified as “exempt” and not paid overtime can still sue even if they didn’t keep time records. The hours that you worked can usually be determined by other methods, including when you logged in and off a computer system when you sent emails or made phone calls and other ways.

IX. Where can I go to get answers to my questions?

Call us. You are always welcome to call us at Hayber Law Firm who will do their best to answer your questions. Our number is 860-522-8888.


X. Who are the lawyers representing Limousine Drivers?

Hayber Law Firm, LLC. The Limousine Drivers who brought this lawsuit are being represented by the Hayber Law Firm. We are experienced overtime class action lawyers and have successfully handled cases like this in the past.


XI. How much can I expect to get?

It depends. We claim that Limousine Drivers should be paid for the hours they worked beyond forty in a week during the last three years. The actual amount you get (if any) will depend on how many hours you worked, your salary, and other factors. 


XII. Will I have to pay any legal fees or costs?

No. We have agreed to work on this case on a “contingency” basis which means that our fee, and reimbursement for our costs, will come, if at all, out of any settlement. The court will closely supervise our fee petition and ensure that it is fair to the class.


XIII. What is the status of the case?

The following represents the status of the case as of the date indicated:

DATE

COURT FILING 

DESCRIPTION

December 19, 2013

Complaint

This is the lawsuit itself which includes the detailed allegations of wrongdoing.

February 20, 2014

Answer to the Complaint

 

July 22, 2014

Amended Complaint

 

August 5, 2014

Answer to the Amended Complaint

 

September 12, 2014 Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion to Proceed as a Collective Action  

January 16, 2015

Ruling

The judge ruled that limousine drivers are “similarly situated” and that the plaintiffs may send out notices to all limo drivers employed by Elite between September 12, 2011, to the present. All drivers falling into this category will receive a notice informing them of the lawsuit and a form to fill out if he or she wishes to join the case.


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