Below is the first part of an article by Carri Geer Thevenot from reviewjournal.com. It reads…
A lawsuit that accuses Boyd Gaming Corp. of failing to pay overtime wages may proceed as a national class action, a federal judge in Las Vegas has ruled.
Cogburn Law Offices filed the case last year as a type of class action known as a “collective action.” Andrew Rempfer, one of the firm’s attorneys, estimated the case has 15,000 to 25,000 potential class members.
“We’re encouraged, because it’s a nationwide class to recoup money for upward of 20,000 people that we believe Boyd has skimmed for years,” Rempfer said this week.
In an email, Boyd spokesman David Strow said the company has a policy of not commenting on pending litigation.
The named plaintiffs in the case are six current and former Boyd employees who were not exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the lawsuit, for years Boyd has intentionally rounded down the working hours of its nonexempt employees to the lower quarter hour.
“Boyd’s practice exclusively benefits and enriches Boyd to its employees’ detriment by resulting in the potential loss of tens (and possibly hundreds) of millions of dollars from its employees’ wages,” the complaint alleges.
The lawsuit also claims Boyd has required nonexempt employees to work off the clock.
According to the document, the illegal practices have occurred nationwide at Boyd’s 22 wholly owned gaming properties in eight states, including Nevada.