Collective Action Gets Initial OK In Goodyear OT Suit

Law360, New York (March 11, 2011, 8:52 PM EST) -- A Florida federal judge on Thursday granted conditional certification to a collective action of service managers who allege Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. misclassified them as exempt and failed to pay them overtime.

Judge John E. Steele of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida determined the plaintiffs established a reasonable basis that service managers were similarly situated, and given the various locations of the opt-in plaintiffs, nationwide certification was appropriate for notice purposes.

The collective action that was conditionally certified includes current...
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