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CitiGroup, Inc. Allegedly Used "Contractors" to Avoid Federal Overtime Pay Rules

Tuesday, May 24 - 2016

NEW YORK, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firms of Outten & Golden LLP, Stephan Zouras, LLP, and Burr & Smith, LLP announced today that Citigroup, Inc. and Judge Technical Services, Inc. are accused of violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in a nationwide class and collective action lawsuit filed in Tampa, Fla.

The case would potentially include thousands of individuals who worked as contractors for Citi throughout the nation, including New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas and Ohio, according to the law firms.

 

Stephan Zouras, LLP Names Two New Partners

Thursday, May 12 - 2016

Stephan Zouras, LLP is happy to announce the appointment of Teresa M. Becvar and Andrew C. Ficzko as partners.
 
“We are fortunate to have incredibly talented associates at the firm, and proud to provide the opportunity to reward dedicated employees with a partnership path," said founding partner Jim Zouras.    "Teresa and Andy are talented litigators, each of whom have dedicated their entire careers to representing people across the United States in high stakes class and collective actions.  We are extremely pleased to welcome these exceptional individuals as partners. ”

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Rules Advocate Wrongly Classified Pension Plan as a “Church Based Plan”

Thursday, March 17 - 2016

Stephan Zouras, LLP currently represents participants and beneficiaries of the Advocate Health Care Network pension plan in a class action lawsuit.  Plaintiffs allege that Advocate is violating numerous provisions of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act), including underfunding the Advocate Plan by claiming the Plan is exempt from ERISA’s protections based on its claim that it is a “church based plan.”  As a result of its misclassification, we believe Advocate underfunded its Plan by tens of millions of dollars or more.  On December 31, 2014, Federal District Court Judge Edmund Chang ruled in our favor, specifically holding, “the Advocate plan does not meet the criteria of an exempt church plan under ERISA.”  Most recently, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal District Court and ruled in favor of Plaintiffs, stating, “…we have concluded that Advocate’s benefit plan does not meet the definition of an ERISA church-plan exemption… .”  If you work or worked for Advocate, or any other religious-affiliated hospital, and want more information on your employee rights, please contact us.

Stephan Zouras Represents Perry Johnson Registrars Auditors in Unpaid Overtime Class Action

Thursday, May 12 - 2016

On February 12, 2014 Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Perry Johnson Registrars (PJR) on behalf of auditors who were classified as independent contractors.  Plaintiffs allege they were misclassified by PJR and wrongfully denied overtime pay when they worked more than 40 hours per week.  On April 2, 2016, the Arbitrator granted conditional certification for PJR auditors and lead auditors that were classified as an independent contractor from 2011 to present.  To join the case click here.

Stephan Zouras, LLP Represents Residential Home Health Clinicians in Class Action Overtime Lawsuit

Tuesday, March 29 - 2016

Stephan Zouras, LLP represents Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists who have worked more than 40 hours in a workweek but did not receive overtime pay because they have been misclassified as “exempt” under federal and state wage laws.   Many hospitals, medical institutions and home health organizations pay clinicians on a “per visit” basis for patient visits and an “hourly” basis for other work.  This type of “hybrid” compensation scheme is unlawful, and does not excuse the employer from paying overtime as required by federal and state wage laws.  On March 28, 2016 Stephan Zouras filed a class and collective action on behalf of current and former Residential Home Health Clinicians.  Because Clinicians were paid for their work on a combination of a “per visit” basis for time spent visiting patients and hourly basis for other work, they contend they were not paid on a legally-recognized salary or fee basis and thus, entitled to overtime for all time worked in excess of 40 hours in given workweeks.  

Court Grants Class Certification for Alexian Brothers Home Health Care Employees

Tuesday, August 04 - 2015

On July 24, 2015, Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a class and collective action on behalf of current and former home health care clinicians, which include registered nurses, occupational therapists and physical therapists employed by Alexian Brothers and Ascension Health.  Plaintiffs allege that Alexian Brothers wrongly classified Clinicians as “exempt” from federal and state overtime laws to deprive them of significant earned wages.  Because Clinicians were paid for their work on a combination of a “per visit” basis for time spent visiting patients and hourly basis for other work, they contend they were not paid on a legally-recognized salary or fee basis and thus,  entitled to overtime for all time worked in excess of 40 hours in given workweeks.  On January 6, 2016, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted conditional class certification under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which means any home health Clinician that works or has worked for Alexian Brothers in the past three years can join the case in pursuit of unpaid wages. If you would like to join the case or want more information on your rights, please contact us.

Stephan Zouras Attorneys Selected as 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wednesday, January 27 - 2016

Congratulations to four Stephan Zouras attorneys chosen as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2016!
 
Every year Super Lawyers creates a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys that have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The attorneys selected go through a rigorous rating process including peer nominations, evaluations and third party research.  We are proud to have a number of our attorneys recognized.

Stephan Zouras, LLP Pursues Data Breach Claims Against Vtech

Tuesday, December 15 - 2015

In what has been described as a “parent’s nightmare of epic proportions,” more than ten million parents, legal guardians, and minor children (“VTech Customers”) became the victims of a massive data breach, when their personally identifiable information (“PII”) was accessed and downloaded from VTech’s servers by a hacker on or about November 14, 2015 (the “Data Breach”). The Data Breach is the fourth largest consumer data breach to date, and is the largest known data breach involving the personal information of minor children.
 
The Data Breach resulted in the disclosure of registered adult VTech Customers’ sensitive PII, including their names, addresses, email addresses, IP addresses, passwords, and secret questions and answers. It also resulted in the disclosure of associated minor children’s names, genders, and birthdays. In addition, the Data Breach also exposed tens of thousands of photographs of children and their parents or other trusted adults—more than 190 GB of photographs—as well as audio files and a year’s worth of chat logs between minor children and their parents or other trusted adults. Most if not all of these photographs, recordings, and logs can be traced back to specific usernames, so that anyone in possession of the hacked data can identify who is in a given photograph, recording, or chat log.

Reza’s Restaurant Servers Claim Unpaid Wages

Thursday, December 17 - 2015

On December 17, 2015 Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a class action on behalf of servers employed by Reza’s River North, Inc., and Reza’s Andersonville, Inc., doing business as Reza’s Restaurant.  Stephan Zouras, LLP represents current and former servers who contend they were not paid minimum wage or  overtime for all time worked.  This is one of the first class actions filed under the new Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance (CMWO), which became effective July 1, 2015.  Violations of the CMWO can result in employees recovering three times their unpaid wages along with attorneys’ fees, and the employer is subject to losing their business license.    

Stephan Zouras Represents Milwaukee Bucks Dancers in Unpaid Wages Lawsuit

Wednesday, September 23 - 2015

On September 24, 2015, former Milwaukee Bucks dancer, Lauren Herington, filed a lawsuit against the Milwaukee Bucks for its prolific wage abuse against her and her fellow “Milwaukee Bucks Dancers.”  Amongst other things, Ms. Herington alleges that the Milwaukee Bucks required her and other Dancers to attend mandatory workouts, comply with an antiquated dress code and personal appearance policies and perform other work without any pay. 

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