$100 Million Unpaid Overtime Class Action Filed Against Flight Centre Canada
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
A proposed class action for unpaid overtime has been filed against Flight Centre Travel Group (Canada) Inc. on behalf of all current and former travel consultants who worked for Flight Centre in Canada since October 2010.
The lawsuit, worth more than $100 million, claims that Canada's largest bricks-and-mortar travel retailer with 150 stores across the country routinely failed to pay employees overtime and created "unlawful barriers" to claiming accurate compensation.
Goldblatt Partners LLP represents the proposed representative plaintiff in the lawsuit, which claims that Flight Centre Canada regularly required employees to work beyond scheduled hours, and instituted "unlawful" overtime policies that prevented workers from receiving payment and overtime protections.
If certified, the class action will seek $100 million in general damages for employees across the country. Flight Centre Canada has locations in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Steve Aps is the representative plaintiff in the case. He told the Toronto Star that the lawsuit is about "changing company-wide practices and improving working conditions in the entire industry."
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