Ecolab Exterminators Score Initial Cert. In OT Suit
By Beth Winegarner
Law360, San Francisco (August 2, 2013, 8:27 PM ET) -- A California federal judge on Friday conditionally certified a class of about 1,000 Ecolab Inc. exterminators who claim the company wrongly deprived them of overtime pay even though they routinely worked more than 40 hours a week removing pests from restaurants and hotels.
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer granted the motion without taking oral argument, saying the plaintiffs' motion met the “rather lenient” standard for conditional certification. He also ordered Ecolab to hand over the workers' contact information, but did not allow the plaintiffs to collect...