Judge Won't Grant Goodwill Managers Class Cert. In OT Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (November 7, 2014, 7:03 PM EST) -- A California judge on Friday refused to certify a class of hundreds of Goodwill Industries of Southern California store managers who allege they were misclassified as overtime-exempt, saying the plaintiffs had failed to provide evidence that members of the proposed class performed the same job duties.

Named plaintiffs Kimberly Alvarado and Rick Fairman alleged Goodwill had stiffed roughly 250 managers of its 79 California stores on their wages by not paying them overtime or providing rest and meal breaks even though they spent a majority of their time on hourly employee-type duties such as customer service and clerical duties.

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