Cremation Co. To Pay $1.7M To End Sales Reps' Wage Suit

Law360 (May 22, 2019, 5:47 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has greenlighted a settlement of about $1.7 million for a proposed class of sales representatives who claimed a cremation company orchestrated an “elaborate scheme” to avoid paying minimum wages and overtime by misclassifying them as independent contractors. 

U.S. District Judge Otis D Wright II on Tuesday granted the SCI Direct Inc. sales representatives’ motion for preliminary approval of the deal, which provides $1.65 million to be divided among 240 potential class members.

The current and former representatives who sold cremation services through predeath contracts for SCI and its subsidiaries had argued that while they were hired as independent...

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May 10, 2017