BLOOMBERG L.P. TO PAY $3.2 MILLION TO CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES TO SETTLE OVERTIME SUIT
In 2013, former-Bloomberg L.P. employee, Shavez Jackson, commenced a class action suit against the Company for unpaid overtime pursuant to state and federal laws. Jackson worked as Global Customer Service Support Representative at a call center located in New York City. Her primary responsibilities were to answer phone calls and determine where to route the calls within the Company. In her Complaint, she alleged that her and other call center customer service employees worked before and after their scheduled eight-hour shifts and also worked from home or through their lunch period, without being paid overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 in each workweek. Bloomberg originally classified these employees as exempt; however, on April 28, 2013, the Company reclassified them as non-exempt pursuant to an agreement entered into by the Company and the United States Department of Labor.
One month ago, Plaintiffs sought preliminary approval of a class settlement in which Bloomberg agreed to settle the case for $3.2 million for 519 plaintiffs. On April 5, 2016, the Court granted Plaintiffs’ motion. A final fairness hearing is scheduled for July 13, 2016.