On Monday, July 11, 2016, a field service engineer filed a Fair Labor Standards Act Complaint in Northern District of California federal court against Cepheid. He filed an overtime claim on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, which includes those working in other positions performing similar duties (collectively "field service engineers"), who worked for the company during the past three years. The Complaint alleges that Cepheid improperly classified its field service engineers as exempt from the FLSA's overtime protections. The Complaint alleges that in this position, the field service engineers performed non-exempt work that included installing, repairing, troubleshooting, servicing, and maintaining testing devices and equipment manufactured by Cepheid. The named Plaintiff was paid a salary during his employment, and received no overtime compensation for the many overtime hours he worked. The Complaint seeks unpaid overtime wages and double damages.
Cepheid is a California company with its corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. It is a global company that operates in molecular diagnostics. It operates in 17 countries, 182 markets, and employs approximately 1700 people.
Plaintiffs are represented by Matthew C. Helland and Daniel S. Brome from Nichols Kaster, PLLP, which has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco, California. The case was filed in federal court in the Northern District of California, Court File No. 5:16-cv-03882.
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