Piece Rate Overtime Lawsuit Filed Against Forest River RV

By Coffman Legal, LLC | Posted on Jan 29 2021

Overtime lawyers at our firm (along with attorneys at Nilges Draher LLC and Hassler Kondras Miller LLP) have filed an unpaid overtime case for Forest River’s “piece rate” production workers related to its alleged failure to fully and properly compensate piece rate workers on a “bona fide” piece rate system for all of their overtime wages earned.

On December 2, 2020, a Collective and Class Action Complaint was filed against Forest River Manufacturing, LLC (“Forest River”) on behalf of non-exempt “piece rate” production workers to recover overtime earned but not paid by Forest River in violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”). The Complaint alleges that Forest River RV has failed to fully and properly compensate its “piece rate” workers the overtime wages they earned because Forest River’s “piece rate” pay system improperly included nonproductive work hours in its calculation of “piece rate” employees’ overtime rates. Moreover, the lawsuit alleges that Forest River also took unlawful wage deductions from its employees’ pay.

This lawsuit provides an example of how an employer can underpay its “piece rate” employees in violation of the FLSA by not fully paying them all overtime wages earned for all overtime work that they perform. The FLSA sets forth the minimum compensation employees must be paid, and non-exempt employees are entitled to receive full and proper compensation under the FLSA, including overtime. The lawsuit seeks unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages in an amount equal to the unpaid overtime, attorney’s fees, and costs, among other things.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division and is titled Fitzgerald v. Forest River Manufacturing, LLC, Case No. 3:20-cv-1004.

Additional information about the “piece rate” production employees’ unpaid overtime collective and class action against Forest River may be found by contacting our office by calling 614-949-1181 or emailing 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 for a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation with our Overtime Attorneys regarding any wage and hour issues.

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