Corrections Officer’s Overtime Case Against GEO Secure Services Results in Tentative Settlement
Coffman Legal’s Ohio FLSA Overtime Attorneys filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against GEO Secure Services, LLC. for its alleged failure to compensate its hourly correctional officers and sergeants for security screenings prior to clocking in for work.
On April 24, 2020, the law firms of Coffman Legal, LLC; Nilges Draher LLC; and Ramhofer Garcia & Moore, PLLC filed a Collective and Class Action Complaint against Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. on behalf of hourly correctional officers and sergeants for the alleged failure of The GEO Group, Inc. to compensate its employees for overtime wages earned for all overtime work performed in violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”). This Complaint was subsequently amended on June 29, 2020 to name GEO Secure Services, LLC (“GEO”) (instead of the GEO Group) as the Defendant.
GEO is a company that operates private prisons throughout the United States. The Complaint alleges that GEO requires its hourly correctional officers and sergeants to arrive prior to the start of their scheduled shift to engage in pre-shift job duties, which included, but are not limited to, pre-shift briefings and/or going through security screenings, prior to clocking in for work.
The FLSA requires an employer to pay employees for their work. Time spent completing pre-shift duties, which are integral and indispensable to the principal activities performed by employees, is compensable work time because employees cannot perform their work without performing their pre-shift duties. The Complaint alleges these job duties were integral and indispensable to the hourly correctional officers’ (including sergeants) primary job activities, and as such, they should have been compensated for the time spent performing this work.
The parties reached a tentative settlement on October 14, 2020 hourly Correctional Officers (including sergeants), who worked for GEO run facilities between April 24, 2018 and July 20, 2020, with a few exceptions. Notice of this lawsuit and settlement will soon be sent to all current and former corrections officer of GEO who meet the class definition during the relevant time period to advise them of their rights to join into this tentative settlement and collect payment. In order to Opt-In to this settlement and receive payment (assuming that the settlement is subsequently approved), Correctional Officers must complete the Consent to Join Form & Release and return it by the deadline set forth in the Notice.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and is titled Alvarez v. GEO Secure Services, LLC, Case No. 9:20-cv-80696-WPD. This case was initially titled Alvarez v. The GEO Group, Inc..
Additional information about the collective and class action lawsuit and tentative settlement against GEO may be found by contacting our office by calling 614-949-1181 or emailing email@example.com. If you have any questions about whether you are being properly paid all overtime wages earned for all of the compensable hours you work (including overtime), then contact our office today to speak with our Overtime Attorneys regarding any wage and hour issues.