Alleged Failure to Pay International Paper Production Workers the Proper Overtime Rate

On February 23, 2018, a class and collective action was filed in United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division, by Plaintiff Alexis Bryant individually and on behalf of all other production workers employed by International Paper Company within the past three years for the company’s alleged failure to include shift premiums in the regular rate of pay when calculating the overtime compensation of International Paper production workers.

The plaintiff, according to the complaint, was employed as an hourly employee by International Paper as a production worker at International Paper’s plant in Conway, Arkansas and regularly worked more than forty hours per week.  The plaintiff and other production workers also received regular, non-discretionary cash awards, upon meeting certain objective and measurable criteria, as well as one and one-half (1.5) of their base hourly rate for each hour worked beyond 40 hours in  a workweek.  International Paper, allegedly, did not include the cash awards into the regular rate of pay for production workers when calculating the overtime pay amount.

The complaint’s class and collective overtime pay claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act against International Paper seek, among other things, payment for all hours worked, including payment of overtime premium for all hours worked for International Paper in excess of 40 hours in a workweek and liquidated damages.  International Paper’s alleged failure to include shift premiums in production worker overtime pay resulted in a failure to pay full overtime during weeks when production workers worked more than 40 hours.

If you served as a production worker, you may have legal rights and options under federal and state wage laws.  If you wish to discuss your potential legal options and claims, please contact Michael K. Yarnoff, Esq., (215) 792-6676, Ext. 804, [email protected], complete the form above on the right or e-mail [email protected].

Kehoe Law Firm, P.C.