Did you work more than 40 hours in a week for Strada and not receive overtime pay as
Our firm represents Richard Reyes, a formerly employed Strada Electric Rough and Trim Installer (aka Electrician) in a currently filed collective action lawsuit for overtime wages against Strada Services Inc. for willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) pending in the US District Court Middle District of Florida.
A copy of this lawsuit to be filed is viewable here with this link: https://flgpa-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/mfeldman_flandgatrialattorneys_com/EbLr1FulpUNCmS80sfFsPOYBHBRgzUSVlGqEHnp6RdRhyA?e=g5tpfx
The lawsuit seeks to recover unpaid overtime wages for all present and former PIECE RATE WORKERS, including but not limited to all ELECTRICIANS, TECHS OR TECHNICIANS, HELPERS, INSTALLERS or other job titles, for all hours worked over 40 in each and every workweek in the past 3 years at rates of pay based upon each weekly piece rate earnings. The lawsuit also seeks to recover double the sum of the wages owed to all persons as liquidated damages, plus payment of all attorney's fees and costs and expenses.
The lawsuit alleges a plan and scheme by STRADA to evade and avoid paying required overtime wages to PIECE RATE WORKERS, including ELECTRICIANS, INSTALLERS, HELPERS AND TECHS working for the company in the preceding 3 years to the present. The lawsuit alleges that the Company since it has already SETTLED AND PAID OUT THOUSANDS AND DOLLARS in OVERTIME WAGES from 3 prior recent lawsuits for numerous Piece Rate Workers, that it has willfully violated the FLSA by failing to pay overtime wages to Piece Rate Workers, who under the FEDERAL LAW (FLSA) is and was required to pay overtime wages to for all hours worked over 40 in each and every workweek. The lawsuit also alleges a scheme to avoid paying overtime wages it knew were owed by the following unlawful practices: A) a policy and practice against reporting more than 40 hours in any workweek and no more than 8 hours per day; B) misinformation and misrepresentation to Piece Rate Workers about entitlement to the FLSA; and C) after settlement 3 prior lawsuits for the same unlawful pay practices, willfully refusing and failing to pay all other Piece Rate workers their overtime wages all are owed. Thus, as the lawsuit alleges, STRADA has engaged in a policy and practice of permitting Piece Rate Workers to suffer to work off the clock for overtime hours, as well as Falsifying records, both of which would be unlawful. The lawsuit also alleges that piece rate employees under the titles of: electricians, installers, Techs, and Helpers routinely worked 40 hours per week with the company's knowledge, approval and ratification.
In the following lawsuits, STRADA has settled with numerous Piece Rate Workers, and paying thousands of dollars for unpaid overtime wages: Jose Vasquez v. Strada, Case No: 6:1 8-CV-01288 (2018); Serna v. Strada, Case No: 8:19-CV-2891; Vargas v. Strada, Case No: 6:19-CV-1842 (all in the US District Court, Middle District of Florida). .
As part of our continuing investigation into the alleged FLSA wage violations by STRADA SERVICES INC., and in an effort to gather evidence in support of our position and corroborate facts about its pay practices, we are in need of speaking to as many present and former INSTALLERS, ELECTRICIANS, TECHNICIANS, and HELPERS, We seek to determine if the positions and job duties/requirements are similar for all the various job titles used, as well to investigate and determine if the alleged unlawful pay practice at issue here is pervasive and long standing at STRADA SERVICES INC.
You are someone who has valuable information as a witness to the alleged unlawful pay practices. In addition, the outcome of this case affects your legal rights under the FSLA. Your contact information was obtained from a resume posted on the internet which indicates that you were at one time, or are now, either a member of the similarly situated class of persons who worked for STRADA SERVICES INC. and who may have personal knowledge of the important facts related to the claims in this lawsuit, and who may also have legal rights affected by the outcome of this pending lawsuit.
The law, and 1st AMENDMENT of the US Constitution permits attorneys in FLSA class/collective actions to communicate in this form with the class members (current and former employees) before certification. See Cooper v. E. Coast Assemblers, Inc., 21 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 152: January 2013.
To be clear, the purpose of this email is NOT to solicit you to opt into and join this collective action lawsuit, (which will seek a class certification for all present and former Piece Rate Workers in Florida, or beyond) and to claim your wages, or to advertise our firm. Rather, we are contacting you to determine what your experience has been and if similar to what our clients in this pending lawsuit have alleged, and to corroborate facts.
We are asking that you voluntarily contact us to discuss your employment experience with STRADA. You are under no obligation at all to respond to this email or contact us even if you have relevant information, and we will not intentionally email you again.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email. If you have any information you would like to share, or if we can discuss your work experience with STARDA, please email me or call me or my associate Jason Quintus at the office. I can additionally be reached after business hours and weekends at 813 906-8932. Let us know available days and times, nights or weekends to best call you, and the number to reach you at.
**The FLSA also makes it unlawful to retaliate or discriminate against any person or employee who makes a claim for overtime wages, including participating in any class or collective action to recover overtime wages.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and please feel free to contact myself or one of our attorneys to discuss your work experience. We can be reached at Mfeldman@flandgatrialattorneys.com; jquintus@fland gatrialattorneys.com; firstname.lastname@example.org the main office or by cell phone (813) 906 8932, (904) 515-7840.
The FLSA prohibits retaliation in any form, and any adverse employment actions for anyone, including present and former employees, who makes a formal or information claim for unpaid wages.
Feldman Legal Group handles overtime wage claims in state and federal courts, and has experience with FLSA collective actions and class actions such as these including against companies such as: Lowe's, Burger King, Fleetmatics, Fleetcor, Verizon Connect, Tire Kingdom, Tire's Choice, Marketsource, Sage Software, HERTZ, Avis-Budget.