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Misclassified Employee Recovers All Overtime Wages Owed

On October 26, 2020, LaBar & Adams, P.A. filed a Complaint on behalf of Mr. Arron Owen seeking, among other things, unpaid overtime wages from his employer J.P. Cycles, Inc. Mr. Owen worked as a Service Advisor at J.P. Cycles. J.P. Cycles claimed that Mr. Owen, as a Service Advisor, was not entitled to overtime wages because he was employed in a position that was “exempt” from the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).

The purpose of the “FLSA” is to protect workers from substandard wages and oppressive working conditions. It was enacted to remedy labor conditions that are detrimental to the maintenance of the minimum standard of living necessary for health, efficiency, and the general well-being of America’s work force. The FLSA was passed to protect workers’ standards of living through the regulation of working conditions. Thus, the FLSA imposes a “premium” for every hour worked in excess to the statutory standard of a forty (40) hour workweek.

While the FLSA was enacted to protect workers, there are some employees who are not entitled to overtime wages. This is because such employees fall into a statutory “exemption” from the basic overtime requirement of the FLSA. Such employees are commonly referred to as “exempt” employees. The employment lawyers at LaBar & Adams routinely and successfully challenged such classifications made by employers. These types of cases are often referred to as “misclassification” cases. Mr. Owen’s case is just one such case.

The employment lawyers at LaBar & Adams were able to recover all overtime wages owed, an equal sum of liquidated damages, and attorney’s fees and costs for Mr. Owen. Such recovery was obtained despite the fact that J.P. Cycles classified him as “exempt.” If you or someone you know has been classified as “exempt” from overtime wages, you should contact an employment attorney.

As Employers find-out and our current and prior clients know, the Employment Lawyers at LaBar & Adams, P.A. are committed to seeking justice for employees. If you or someone you know has been a victim of an unfair employment practice, please contact the employment lawyers at LaBar & Adams, P.A. at 407-835-8968 or

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