$14.3M Roto-Rooter Wage Settlement Wins Preliminary OK

Law360, New York (September 19, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday gave a preliminary nod to a nearly $14.3 million deal to resolve a class action accusing Roto-Rooter Services Co. of failing to pay its commissioned service technicians correctly under federal and state wage-and-hour laws.

U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan granted preliminary approval to the deal, which resolves not only the federal court class action but also a related arbitration proceeding.

The suit alleges that Roto-Rooter technicians who were paid on a commission basis were not paid minimum wages and overtime premiums, and were further subject to unlawful wage deductions and kickbacks in violation...

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