POMPANO, Fla.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–A campus admissions representative has sued Everest University, a subsidiary of Corinthian Colleges, for alleged overtime pay violations at Everest’s Pompano Beach, FL campus. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeks to recover overtime pay for existing and former campus admissions representatives at all campuses for Everest University, and Florida Metropolitan University, as it was previously known, dating back to July 2007.
The suit is unique in that it is filed on behalf of a current employee at Everest that is still working at the Pompano Beach campus. According to the Plaintiff’s attorney, Joseph Maus, it is rare that an overtime suit is filed by an existing employee for fear of being retaliated against by the employer. Attorney Maus filed the lawsuit with his partner, Charles Bechert, both in Pompano Beach. They say the law that governs overtime pay, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), prohibits an employer from taking any type of retaliatory action against an employee for pursuing their rights to overtime pay. If a willful violation of the FLSA is proven, the employees can recover the full amount of their past due overtime pay, plus an equal amount in the form of liquidated damages.
The lawsuit seeks a court order to allow other current and former admissions representatives from the Pompano Beach campus, as well as all other Everest and Corinthian campuses, to join as plaintiffs in the action to recover past due overtime pay. A Motion to Permit Court Supervised Notice advising other admissions representatives of their right to join the lawsuit was filed by Plaintiff on December 17, 2009. If the Motion is granted by the Court, a notice would be mailed to all current and former campus admissions representatives advising them of their right to join the lawsuit and recover any overtime pay they may be due.
This is not the first time Corinthian Colleges has been sued for its failure to pay overtime wages to admissions representatives. Corinthian was sued in 2008 in Illinois by an admissions representative that worked more than 40 hours per week, yet was not paid his overtime pay. It was also argued to the Court that other admissions representatives were also shorted on their overtime pay, and the Court allowed other admissions representatives to join that suit.
Corinthian Colleges is a publicly traded corporation, and one of the largest for-profit post secondary education providers in the United States. Corinthian Colleges has approximately 100 campuses throughout the United States and Canada.
A trial date has been set for the two week trial period beginning June 28, 2010.
For more information, contact attorney Joseph M. Maus at (866) 556-5529, www.mauslawfirm.com.
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Joseph M. Maus, 954-784 6310