In June 2022, Edelson Lechtzin LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Bostik, Inc., on behalf of production and warehousing employees who work at Bostik’s Louisville Kentucky Plant. The company manufactures over 200 adhesive products at its Louisville Kentucky Plant. Bostik employees must wear specialized personal protective equipment or “PPE” at all times when they are working in the Plant’s production and warehousing areas.
Why is there a class action lawsuit against Bostik?
The Class Action Complaint alleges that Bostik has failed to properly pay employees for time spent dressing in their PPE prior to their shifts and removing this equipment after the end of their shifts. Bostik also requires employees to work long shifts without properly allowing employees to take scheduled meal and rest breaks. The Complaint alleges that these practices violate the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Kentucky Wages and Hours Act (“KWHA”).
What is the FLSA?
The FLSA is a federal law that guarantees certain minimum wages and requires employers to pay overtime compensation for employees who work more than 40 hours per week. The FLSA provides a private right of action for employees to sue their employer for unpaid overtime and minimum wage violations. Under the FLSA, workers may sue an employer for their own lost wages, and they may also bring representative claims on behalf of co-workers who are “similarly situated,” which is called a “collective action.” Unlike most cases, FLSA collective actions use an “opt in” procedure that requires employees to consent in writing to join the case.
Do I need to do anything to protect my rights?
If you worked at Bostik’s Louisville Plaint at any time since June 21, 2019, then you may be eligible to join this action. If you believe that you have been adversely affected by Bostik’s employment policies, you must “opt-in” to this action in order to protect your rights under the FLSA and KWHA and be eligible to receive compensation for your unpaid regular and overtime wages.
Who represents the Bostik workers?
The Bostik workers are represented by Edelson Lechtzin LLP, based in suburban Philadelphia, and the Law Office of Mark N. Foster, PLLC, in Madisonville, Kentucky. The case entitled Curry v. Bostik, Inc., docket number 3:22-cv-00370-DJH, is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. A copy of the Complaint can be viewed HERE.
Do I Have to Pay Attorney’s Fees?
No. Our firm typically handles wage and hour claims on a contingent fee basis. This means that the lawyers don’t get paid unless you get paid.
If your employer has failed to pay you overtime, they may be violating your rights under state and federal labor laws. If this is the case, please contact us at 844-895-4899 (toll-free) or email us at [email protected]. You can also fill out the form on this page.