An Atlanta federal judge today approved a $128,500 settlement on behalf of a group of stockers and merchandisers employed by a major metropolitan beer distributor. The plaintiffs alleged that the distributor, Atlanta Beverage Corporation (ABC), wrongly paid them salaries plus commission, without paying any overtime, for their work moving cases of beer and other beverages from back stock to the sales floor in Wal-Mart, Kroger, and other retailers. Without admitting any liability, ABC agreed to settle the plaintiffs’ claims for an amount averaging each worker approximately $5,600 in back wage payments, in addition to paying the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and expenses, as well as paying two lead plaintiffs $3,750 each for their work in the litigation. Attorneys’ fees and expenses in the case were just shy of $59,000.
“We’re proud to achieve this excellent result for our clients and members of the opt-in class,” said lead BCH attorney Rob Cowan in a statement. “We estimate that the settlement effectively makes every plaintiff in the case ‘whole’ in terms of getting their back wages paid, and the plaintiffs do not have to come out-of-pocket to pay their attorneys’ fees or expenses.”
“I’m pleased that the case was resolved,” said Plaintiff Robert Turnbow. “This firm was very professional and prompt in getting this case resolved.”
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