Something to think about…

Not much commentary here, so I’m going to take a chance that won’t complain much if I just re-post its post:

A former legal secretary at a BigLaw firm wondered why her new boutique employer didn’t pay her overtime, since her former firm did.

That led to federal lawsuit against an Ohio intellectual property boutique, reports the National Law Journal in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.). And the Northern District of Ohio suit has now been conditionally certified as a class action.

An estimated group of 40 legal secretaries could proceed against Turocy & Watson, the NLJ states. Represented by attorney Anthony Lazzaro of Cleveland, they allege that the IP firm misclassified the workers as exempt to avoid paying overtime required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“I think that there are plenty of law firms out there that are paying secretaries and paralegals a salary without overtime,” Lazzaro tells the NLJ. But, although they may not realize it, this violates the FLSA, he says.

OK, so I can’t let it go without comment. Is this really about the money? Perhaps, just perhaps, when it comes to paralegals it may really be about respect.

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