Jeld-Wen Accused of Violating Fair Labor Standards Act

January 25th, 2023 by Travis Rains

A former Jeld-Wen employee is suing the company in Alabama District Court for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The company is accused of failing to pay the plaintiff at one and a half times their regular salary rate for overtime work and failing to maintain accurate records and documentation.

According to court documents filed by the plaintiff, the former employee worked at Jeld-Wen as a payroll administrator and human resources generalist from August 2021 to the end of September 2022. The plaintiff alleges that while they were compensated for some of the overtime hours worked, some of their duties were performed entirely off the clock. The plaintiff says they were instructed to perform some of their work from home and that the company did not record all of the overtime hours spent working off-site. The plaintiff also says in the complaint that no pay was received for off-the-clock work.

“As a result of the defendant’s off the clock practices, plaintiff worked an average of two to five off the clock hours every workweek for which she did not receive any pay, much less overtime pay,” the complaint reads.

The suit brings one count against Jeld-Wen for alleged FLSA overtime violations, accusing the company of failing to pay the plaintiff at one and a half times their regular salary rate for overtime work. Jeld-Wen also failed to maintain accurate records and documentation detailing hours worked, according to the complaint. The plaintiff alleges in court documents that those “violations” were “willfully perpetrated.”

“The defendant has not acted in good faith nor with reasonable grounds to believe its actions and omissions were not a violation of the FLSA, and, as a result thereof, the plaintiff is entitled to recover an award of liquidated damages in an amount equal to the amount of unpaid overtime premium pay …,” the complaint reads.

The suit was filed on Jan. 10, 2023. As of Jan. 25, Jeld-Wen had not filed a response.

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  1. …but she was probably the first one in H.R. to tell you paid-time-off hours do not count towards calculating overtime hours!

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