What Employee Overtime Pay Laws Apply to Jimmy John’s

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Many of the Jimmy John’s employees fall under the non-exempt category of employment and MUST be paid overtime wages according to the guidelines laid out in the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA). The FLSA sets the overtime rate for non-exempt employees at time and one-half their standard rate of pay for any time worked over 40 hours in a single week.

The FLSA regulations do not apply to “administrative” or “professional” employees due to exemptions preventing specific categories of employees from receiving overtime pay.

Exemptions are not based entirely on one’s job title, however. Whether or not an employee should receive overtime pay is calculated by the hours worked, the rate of pay, the job duties, and even the job description.

It’s always a good idea to speak with an attorney with experience in overtime pay laws due to issues with additional state laws governing overtime pay. These laws sometimes overlap federal laws and further complicate or contradict the FLSA.

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What is Jimmy John’s?

Jimmy John’s Franchise, LLC is a franchised sandwich restaurant chain, specializing in delivery. Founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in 1983 and headquarter in Champaign, Illinois, in little more than 30 years the company has grown to more than 2,500 locations in almost every state. As of 2014, 98% of the locations are franchise owned. On average, a franchise requires an initial investment ranging from $330,000 to $560,000 in order to finance and operate. Jimmy John’s is known for its distinctive sigil bearing double J’s embossed on a black circle. The company is partially owned by private equity group Roark capital, who has stakes in other similarly positioned fast-food and fast-casual restaurants. Named one of the ten “Great Franchise Bets” by CNNMoney, Jimmy John’s is well regarded by both sandwich enthusiasts and enterprising franchisees alike.

Can Jimmy John’s Employees Earn Overtime Wages?

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Numerous non-exempt Jimmy John’s employees may be required to start before their shifts or even work after their shifts finish off the clock. It is not uncommon for employees to work double shifts as well. Because of this, if many Jimmy John’s employees exceed 40 working hours in a single week, they should receive overtime pay.

Employers have been known to illegally misclassify positions to avoid paying overtime. For instance, Jimmy John’s shift or location managers may have been labeled “managers” with the goal of marking them exempt from overtime pay. However, these employees are in fact non-exempt because of the nature of their job duties.

Often companies label employees as managers even though they do not fill vital roles for the business. The FLSA dictates that “managers” must have specific abilities, for instance, hiring or firing employees, making schedules, or completing other tasks that are essential to the running of the business. Typically these employees do not perform these duties and are instead only labeled as managers for employers to save money by avoiding paying overtime.

Another unlawful practice that the Jimmy John’s may perform is having employees clock in before a shift or asking them to stay after a shift without compensating them. This practice of manipulating time cards to keep payroll costs down is a violation of the FLSA and can result in a lawsuit.

How Can a FLSA Lawyer Help You

An experienced lawyer can analyze your case and see if you are entitled to lost overtime wages from Jimmy John’s by evaluating how state and federal laws apply to your situation.

Does Jimmy John’s Have to Pay Overtime Wages to Employees?

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For the most part, Jimmy John’s must pay overtime to non-exempt employees who work more than 40 hours in a week as long as they are not excluded by the FLSA. However, these exemptions become more complicated by some states that have additional laws governing them.

If you feel like you have been denied overtime wages, then it is in your best interest to consult an attorney with FLSA experience and knowledge of state overtime laws.

Are There Other Overtime Pay Lawsuits Involving Jimmy John’s?

Here are a few examples from the many previous lawsuits that have been issued against other employers for failing to pay overtime wages:

  • CLASS ACTION ALERT: Jimmy Johns currently faces a federal unpaid wage and hour class action lawsuit filed by a delivery driver from Kansas. Entitled Lewis v. Bushwood Investments LLC, Case No. 2:13-cv-02610, this suit alleges failing to properly compensate nearly 300 delivery drivers at more than 30 restaurants across the country. However, class action plaintiffs rarely receive similar compensation to individual plaintiffs. We represent clients individually and custom-tailor our case to your specific circumstances.
  • Justia lists at least 21 lawsuits involving Jimmy John’s related to labor disputes and FLSA violations
  • In 2012 the Industrial Workers of the World banded together with former Jimmy John’s workers to enforce reinstatement of six workers illegaly fired for whistle blowing

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If you feel as though Jimmy John’s or any another employer has denied you overtime wages, you could have a case. Please get in touch with the Lemberg Law legal team. Complete our form for a FREE case evaluation, or call 844-685-9200 NOW. Lemberg Law will evaluate your case as see if you are eligible to receive lost overtime wages as a non-exempt employee.

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