GEICO Severely Slapped for Misclassifying Security Investigators – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

by Norman B. Blumenthal on December 10, 2012

A Maryland federal judge has severely slapped General Insurance Company, GEICO, for misclassifying security investigators as personnel exempt from overtime pay. Calderon v. Geico.

Security investigators for GEICO assist GEICO claim examiners in uncovering" the facts of a claim and how the claim was reported to GEICO.” Approximately 90% of their time is spent on investigations, including determining any existence of fraud. Though GEICO security investigators often work from home, they are required to report to a Supervisor, who reports to a Manager, who reports to the Assistant Vice President of Claims. GEICO classified the security investigators as administrative personnel exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirement of overtime pay for hours worked in excess of eight hours a day, or forty hours per week.

In 2010, former and current security investigators filed suit against GEICO to recover overtime pay withheld by GEICO. Plaintiffs subsequently filed a motion to Certify Class under Rule 23 which the Maryland court partially granted. The court has also set a trial date to determine how much GEICO owes the security investigators.

If you are a current or former GEICO employee and believe your rights have been violated, call an experienced Los Angeles labor attorney today at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik at (310) 981-3918. Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik is a California employment law firm with offices located in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The firm dedicates its practice to contingency fee employment law work for issues involving misclassification as a salaried worker exempt from overtime, failure to pay vacation wages, misclassification as an independent contractor, off-the-clock work, wrongful termination, discrimination and other California labor laws.

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