AutoZone Manager Overtime Lawsuit Filed
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AutoZone Manager Overtime Lawsuit Filed

By Matt O'Donnell

AutoZone employee(LEGAFI) -- A class action complaint has been filed in Arizona against AutoZone, Inc. on behalf of current and former store managers employed across the country. The lawsuit alleges the national chain of auto parts stores stiffs store managers out of overtime pay by improperly classifying them as exempt employees.


According to the class action complaint, AutoZone has misclassified its store managers as exempt for at least three years, thus denying them compensation for working over 40 hours a week. The lead plaintiff in the case claims he was regularly scheduled for a minimum of 50 hours a week, and consistently worked more than 55 hours a week. The lawsuit alleges AutoZone “intentionally understaffed” its stores, which required store managers to pick up the slack and work as full-time sales clerks in addition to their management tasks. On average, the store managers are estimated to spend no more than one hour a day on management tasks (less than 10% of the total working hours). Since the majority of the day was dedicated to non-management tasks, the lawsuit says, these employees should be classified as non-exempt, making them eligible for overtime pay.


The Arizona class action complaint notes that store managers in California, who perform the same duties as Arizona store managers, are classified as non-exempt and are paid overtime. This is believed to be the result of a previous lawsuit and settlement in California over the same issue. “There is no rational basis for AutoZone to classify store managers in California as non-exempt and to classify store managers in the rest of America as exempt,” the lawsuit says. “AutoZone’s inconsistent classification of store managers, among other proof, indicates AutoZone’s willful violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”


The lawsuit is seeking class action certification to cover all current and former store managers employed in the United States and Puerto Rico during the past three years. It’s also seeking to recover unpaid overtime compensation and other benefits owed to the store managers.



Updated August 19th, 2010

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