Beck Electric Lawsuit: Unpaid Wages & Legal Action

Justice for Ohio Electricians: Beck Electric Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unpaid Wages

Attempting to reclaim the hard-earned salaries they've been denied, a class action and collective action lawsuit has been filed against Beck Electric, LLC in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In this case, Beck Electric allegedly fails to pay employees their lawful wages, as prescribed by labor laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act (OMWFSA). In respect to the specifics detailed below, read on to learn how this company may have shortchanged thousands of Ohio electricians, and how you, too, might be entitled to compensation if affected by similar actions.

Case Summary

Carson McKean, the plaintiff of the lawsuit, Ohio McKean v. Beck Electric, LLC, sues Beck Electric on behalf of himself and other individuals similarly situated. This lawsuit arises under FLSA, OMWFSA, and other relevant labor laws. Mr. McKean, an electrician for Beck Electric from August 22, 2022, to approximately September 7, 2023, serves as an exemplar for current and former non-exempt hourly employees who allege they did not receive just payment for their work.

Allegations against Beck Electric

At the crux of this case, Beck Electric is accused of failing to pay their employees the overtime wages they deserve. Overtime premiums, as required by law, should include payment of 1.5 times an employee's regular rates of pay for hours exceeding 40 in a given workweek. However, non-exempt employees of Beck Electric claim that the company did not properly allocate bonuses in their regular rates of pay for purposes of calculating overtime, rendering their actual wages incomplete.

Extended Reach and Mobility of Work

The lawsuit specifically refers to the company-wide policy of not including non-discretionary bonuses in regular rates of pay for calculating overtime. This includes instances where electrician employees have had to drive up to two or three hours away from Beck Electric's Ohio facility when using company vehicles.

The Impact on Employee Compensation

Beck Electric's policy underscores the company's failure to accurately compensate employees for their time and labor, which includes their travel. Non-exempt employees were not paid for all hours worked and not compensated for overtime properly, leaving many individuals with insufficient pay.

Seeking Justice and Compensation

The plaintiff purposely seeks to be a representative of a collective action (all current and former employees) and a class action (a larger entity representing non-exempt hourly electricians employed by Beck Electric) to reclaim the wages from the company that have been legally owe. Such action intends to recover the full amounts arrears that should have been paid to employees, not including bonuses in the regular rates of pay for calculating overtime procedures.

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Conclusion

When applied to the specific details of this case, Beck Electric appears to have improperly discharged their responsibilities as employers, exposing their non-exempt hourly electricians to financial misfortune. It's essential to remain informed and aware of our rights as employees, contributing to a possible resolution to this matter. If you or someone you know feel that they have suffered due to Beck Electric's actions, we urge you to contact our consumer harm attorneys for advice on how to proceed. By standing together, we can fight for justice and compensation, and strive to make a positive change for all.

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