Illinois Federal District Court Denies Class Certification for Violations of IMWL and IWPCA Under FRCP 23

When large companies fail to properly compensate their employees, a class-action lawsuit is usually the most efficient means to resolve the legal claims between the two parties. At Lubin Austermuehle, our Chicago Fair Labor Standards Act lawyers fight for the rights of those who are due unpaid wages, and our lawyers are always striving to find ways to best serve our clients’ interests. As a firm that focuses on wage and hour class-actions, we are always watching for new court decisions in the area, and our Orland Park overtime lawyers recently found one such case in the federal Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division Court.

Slayton v. Iowa College Acquisition Corp. is a case brought by a plaintiff who worked for Defendant as an Admissions Advisor for Kaplan University, where she and other putative class members were paid an hourly wage and were frequently required to work more than forty hours a week, but were not paid overtime. Plaintiffs alleged that Defendant required them to arrive at work prior to their shifts in order to perform certain job duties without compensation. Upon filing the putative class-action, the named plaintiff proposed two sub-classes — one for overtime violations of the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (IMWL), and one for unpaid wage violations under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) — and sought to certify them under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(3). Defendant did not dispute that the proposed class met the numerosity and adequate representation requirements of the rule, but did argue that Plaintiffs could not meet the commonality and typicality requirements.

In denying class certification, the Court found that Plaintiffs did not establish that Defendant engaged in standardized conduct to toward members of the proposed class. While there was evidence that Defendant required Plaintiffs to arrive early, it was unclear that Defendant had a widespread policy to not record that time. The Court also held that typicality was not established because not all the class representative’s claims had the same essential characteristics of the claims of the class at large and consequently, no common questions of law or fact predominated over the individual claims of the class members.

Lubin Austermuehle has a team of wage claim attorneys who focus on nationwide class action lawsuits and who have successfully handled many large disputes. Our Chicago overtime lawyers are intimately familiar with the issues that arise during wage claim litigation, and we know the laws that govern overtime cases well. Many employers misclassify employees as being exempt from overtime laws and pay workers salaries instead of hourly wages in order to avoid paying overtime. When workers do not receive the wages they should, a lawsuit may be the only way to recover the wages that are rightfully theirs. Lubin Austermuehle is based in Chicago, and represents clients throughout the country who have not been paid for the overtime hours that they worked. If you believe that you are owed overtime wages, contact one of our Tinley Park wage and hour attorneys by phone at 1 630-333-0333, or through our online form.

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