Project Administrative Assistants and Project Accountants have sued Walsh construction for unpaid overtime wages in a federal court in Connecticut. The project administrative assistants claim that they worked overtime and were not paid any overtime wages because of the company’s failure to keep track of their time. The project accountants’ claim that they were accountants in name only and mostly performed routine bookkeeping tasks. For this reason, they claim that they should not have been classified as exempt professionals and instead should have been paid overtime wages when they work more than 40 hours in a week
Walsh has denied these claims and recently moved to dismiss part of the lawsuit claiming that record keeping violations cannot form the basis of a lawsuit. The federal court denied Walsh’s motion is allowed a lawsuit to proceed. The allegations in the lawsuit “easily state a cause of action for violations of [federal and state overtime laws].” A copy of the court’s ruling can be found here
The court had recently authorized notice to be issued to all project accountants who have worked for Walsh Construction Company during the last three years. That notice will explain the lawsuit and provide project accountants with an opportunity to join and enforce their rights.