Bloomberg Business Week is reporting that nine workers at a call center in Boise, Idaho, say they were wrongly denied overtime pay while working 50- or 60-hour weeks.  They are suing Maximus, the Reston (Va.) contractor running the 1,800-employee website.

The complaint, filed Jan. 24 in federal district court in Idaho, argues that the plaintiffs and hundreds of other low-level employees were “wrongfully classified as exempt from overtime compensation” under federal labor laws. The suit seeks at least $5 million in compensation and damages.  This is apparently not the first time this claim has been made by Maximus Employees.

“The Fair Labor Standards Act generally requires workers to be paid overtime if they’re clocking more than 40 hours per week. The law provides exemptions for certain categories of workers, including administrative employees who earn at least $455 a week, or $23,660 a year. Exempt employees must also be involved in managing business operations and have a degree of independent authority.”

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