OpSec required Brand Analysts to work overtime in order to complete all of their work, but misclassified them as exempt, improperly denying them overtime pay when they worked over forty (40) hours per week.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, February 25, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — On February 16, 2022, a Brand Analyst filed an overtime lawsuit against OpSec Security, Inc. and OpSec Online, LLC (“OpSec”). She asserts individual claims and claims on behalf of other similarly situated Brand Analysts, Sr. Brand Analysts, and employees in other positions with similar titles and/or duties. The Complaint alleges that the plaintiff’s primary duty was non-exempt work, and that this was true for other similarly situated Brand Analysts. Plaintiff’s work included reviewing potentially illegitimate activity on the internet for Defendants’ clients, including but not limited to counterfeit goods, traffic diversion, and misuse of trademark or copyright rights. The Complaint alleges that Plaintiffs and other similarly situated employees followed specific processes, procedures, and workflows to review content identified by OpSec’s software and create template response letters and/or emails. The complaint further alleges that OpSec required Brand Analysts to work overtime in order to complete all of their work, but misclassified them as exempt, improperly denying them overtime pay when they worked over forty (40) hours per week.
The plaintiff brought the case as a putative collective action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) seeking to recover unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated (double) damages, and other statutorily-permitted relief for herself and others.
Matthew C. Helland, one of the plaintiff’s attorneys, stated, “Plaintiff and others in similar positions worked long overtime hours, and we believe she and others are entitled to overtime pay under federal law.”
The case is titled Hanigan, et al. v. OpSec Security, Inc. and OpSec Online, LLC, Case No. 1:22-cv-00064-REP (District of Idaho). Plaintiff is represented by Matthew Helland and Caroline Bressman of Nichols Kaster, PLLP, which has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and San Francisco, California, Benjamin L. Davis of the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl in Baltimore, Maryland, and Erika Birch of Strindberg Scholnick Birch Hallam Harstad Thorne in Boise, Idaho.
For additional information about the case and how Brand Analysts can make a claim, visit www.nka.com or call Nichols Kaster, PLLP at (612) 256-3267.
Nichols Kaster, PLLP, an employee, consumer, and civil rights firm has dedicated over 45 years to fighting for clients in individual and class action matters. With offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco, California, the firm is perfectly situated for the work it does representing plaintiffs in cases across the country. The firm has recently received a First Tier ranking on the 2022 Best Law Firms List in Minneapolis for Litigation-Labor and Employment by U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”
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