Judge Hits Brakes On AutoZone Managers' OT Suit

Law360, New York (January 27, 2012, 9:48 PM EST) -- AutoZone Inc. store managers are properly deemed overtime exempt, despite being bound by detailed corporate policies and spending significant time on customer service and other nonexempt tasks, a federal judge ruled Friday, dismissing an employee class action seeking back pay for overtime wages.

Even if employees spend more than half their workdays on nonmanagerial work, as they allege, management is still their primary duty, as the Fair Labor Standards Act's executive exemption requires, said U.S. District Judge Frederick Martone. And despite detailed corporate policies on pricing,...
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