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Worldwide Industries Corp. (laborers)

Brown, LLC has an active lawsuit regarding alleged wage and hour violations by Defendant Worldwide Industries Corp. An active lawsuit does not mean the Defendant has done anything wrong or should be presumed to have done anything wrong.

The wage and hour lawyers at Brown, LLC are looking to speak with anyone who has information regarding the following allegations.

The Defendant

Defendant Worldwide Industries Corp. is a company headquartered in Butler, Pennsylvania that provides industrial tank painting and maintenance services.

The Employees

Position(s): hourly-paid laborers

Location(s): anywhere in the United States

Time Period: March 2020 through the present

The Claims in the Lawsuit

The Complaint alleges that hourly-paid laborers were deprived of proper wages as a result of the following unlawful policies maintained by Defendant:

  • Failing to report all time worked by laborers at their job sites in the company timekeeping system, causing them to not receive their hourly or overtime wages for all hours worked;
  • Deducting hours reported in the company timekeeping system from their paid time, causing them to not receive their hourly or overtime wages for all hours worked;
  • Failing to pay laborers for time spent travelling outside of their home communities during their normal working hours between their homes and the locations at which they were stationed to work for Defendant, at which they stayed overnight; and
  • Failure to include non-base compensation, including but not limited to “Supp Benefit” pay in the calculation of laborers’ regular rates of pay, resulting in payment for overtime work at a less than 1.5 times their regular rate of pay.

The Complaint further alleges that these policies violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Massachusetts Wage Laws, the Missouri Minimum Wage Law, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act, and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law, entitling laborers to recovery of their unpaid wages, plus additional damages.

Case Status

03/27/23: the case was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

How to Participate

If you believe you are owed wages from the FLSA claims in the lawsuit, you can join the case by signing a “Consent to Join” form, which you can obtain HERE.

Until the Consent to Join form is filed with the Court, the statute of limitations for FLSA claims ordinarily continues to run. The statute of limitation under the FLSA is 2 years, and 3 years for willful violations. Thus, if you claim wages under the FLSA from 2 or more years ago, they may become unrecoverable if you delay in signing your Consent to Join form. You can also take other routes to preserve your rights, which may include hiring your own counsel at your own expense.

If you choose to join this lawsuit, you will be bound by any judgment on any claim you may have under the FLSA, whether favorable or unfavorable. This means that if you win, you may be eligible to share in the monetary award (if any); if you lose, no money will be awarded and you will not be able to file another lawsuit regarding the matters raised in the lawsuit.

If you are interested in participating in this case or have further questions, please contact our office by emailing FLSAGroup@jtblawgroup.com or calling (877) 561-0000.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Defendant Discipline or Fire Me If I Join the Case?

No! The Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits Defendant from taking any adverse action against you for participating in this lawsuit. There is no indication as of this writing that Defendant would take any retaliatory action against anyone for participation in this lawsuit. For further information, please consult the Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet.

Will I Have to Testify or Provide Documentary Proof?

Potentially, but not necessarily. Many employees obtain monetary recoveries in Fair Labor Standards Act cases without ever having to appear at court or for depositions.

At this point, you are not required to provide documentary proof of your unpaid wages. In most cases, the employer is required to provide the employee’s payroll records to the employee and his or her attorney. In fact, the Fair Labor Standards Act mandates that employers keep accurate time and payroll records. The employer cannot escape this duty by requiring you as the employee to provide proof.

However, you may be required to participate in discovery. As such, it is important that you preserve any physical or electronic evidence relating to the case that you currently possess.

Will Brown, LLC be my Attorneys?

Employees who sign Retainer Agreements and/or Consent to Join forms will be represented by Brown, LLC with respect to the lawsuit and claims described above.

You will not be required to pay any attorneys’ fees or court costs to the Plaintiff’s lawyers at this time and not pay any attorneys’ fees unless you prevail. Rather, in the event the Plaintiff prevails in the lawsuit, by either judgment or settlement, the Plaintiff’s attorneys will request that the Court order Defendant(s) to pay the Plaintiff’s lawyers their reasonable attorneys’ fees and reimburse them for any expenses.

How Long will the Case Take?

It is very difficult to predict exactly how long a case will take. It depends on a variety of factors including the number of parties and claims involved, the rules and pace of the court, the complexity of the proofs, and the manner in which the employer defends the case. Wage-and-hour cases typically take 2-3 years, but this can be shorter or increase considerably.

Whether you’re eligible to participate in this matter or not, if you have questions regarding this page, or have information regarding these allegations please contact the wage and hour lawyers at Brown, LLC by calling (877) 561-0000. If you’re potentially seeking representation the call is confidential. The lawyers at Brown, LLC can arrange to speak with you when it’s most convenient for you – including after-hours or on the weekend.

Conclusion

The United States is founded on the principle of innocent until proven guilty. This is a civil matter stemming from a civil lawsuit, and unless and until there is a verdict against Defendant, then everything contained in the allegations should just be considered allegations.