On May 20, 2022, a Logistics Coordinator filed an overtime lawsuit against BluJay Solutions Inc. (“BluJay”). The named plaintiff asserts individual claims and claims on behalf of other similarly situated Logistics Coordinators, and employees in other job titles performing similar duties. The Complaint alleges that as a Logistics Coordinator, the plaintiff’s primary job duty was to perform non-exempt work. Plaintiff’s work included tracking and assigning loads using Defendant’s proprietary software system, communicating with Defendant’s customers and carriers about the status of shipments, entering/creating orders (route tenders), processing invoices and charge requests, and providing general customer service. The complaint further alleges that BluJay required Logistics Coordinators to work overtime in order to complete all of their work, but misclassified them as exempt, improperly denying them overtime pay when they worked over forty (40) hours per week.
The plaintiff brought the case as a putative collective action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) seeking to recover unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated (double) damages, and other statutorily-permitted relief for himself and other Logistics Coordinators.
Rachhana T. Srey, one of the plaintiff’s attorneys, stated, “we believe that misclassification of employees is a common practice in the logistics industry. Employees who primarily perform non-exempt work like the Logistics Coordinators included in this case should be paid overtime even if they are paid by salary. We hope to help them recover the pay that has been withheld from them.”
The case is titled Tooker, et al. v. BluJay Solutions Inc., Case No. 1:22-cv-00455 (Western District of Michigan). Plaintiff is represented by Rachhana T. Srey and Clara Coleman of Nichols Kaster, PLLP, which has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and San Francisco, California.
For additional information about the case and how Logistics Coordinators can make a claim, visit www.nka.com or call Nichols Kaster, PLLP at (877) 344-4628.