Frequently Asked Questions

What is this case about?

In June 2013, a lawsuit was filed against Group O, Inc. The lawsuit includes claims by the named Plaintiffs on behalf of all other similarly situated individuals who were employed at Defendant’s Joliet, Illinois Caterpillar plant during the past three years.

Specifically, Plaintiffs allege that these individuals were not paid one and one-half hours their hourly rate (“overtime”) for work performed in excess of 40 hours in any individual workweek, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S.C. § 201, et seq. Plaintiffs allege that they and the potentially similarly situated group were not exempt from the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the FLSA, 29 U.S.C. §§ 206 – 207, and therefore should have been paid overtime for all hours worked over 40 in one workweek.

Plaintiffs allege that Defendant did not pay them and the potentially similarly situated group overtime for all hours in excess of forty (40) per workweek because they performed work that was unpaid. This unpaid work includes time worked during an otherwise unpaid 30 minute lunch break and time worked but left off of the employees’ time records due to Defendant’s practice of rounding employees’ swipe-in and swipe-out times in a manner that benefited Defendant but not the employees.

 

What if I was working for Group O, Inc.?

The named Plaintiffs are/were hourly employees of Defendant. They seek to sue on behalf of themselves and other individuals with whom they are similarly situated.  Specifically, they seek to sue on behalf of any and all individuals who meet the following requirement:

was not paid at a rate equal to one and one half times his or her regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of forty (40) per workweek, either because the individual performed work for Defendant that was uncompensated or because Defendant rounded their punch-in and punch-out times.

If you fit the description above, you may choose to join this action by mailing, faxing, or emailing the Consent Form to Plaintiffs’ Counsel for filing with the Court:

ASONYE & ASSOCIATES
Attn: Uche O. Asonye
39 South LaSalle Street, Suite 815
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone: (312) 795-9110
Facsimile: (312) 795-9114
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Consent Form must be received by Plaintiffs’ Counsel on or before January 14, 2014 for you to participate in this case.

 

How do I join?

If you fit the description above, you may choose to join this action by mailing, faxing, or emailing the Consent Form to Plaintiffs’ Counsel for filing with the Court:

ASONYE & ASSOCIATES
Attn: Uche O. Asonye
39 South LaSalle Street, Suite 815
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone: (312) 795-9110
Facsimile: (312) 795-9114
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Consent Form must be received by Plaintiffs’ Counsel on or before January 14, 2014 for you to participate in this case.

 

I previously submitted my consent form. How do I confirm its receipt?

If you would like to inquire whether your consent form has been received by Asonye and Associates, please call 312.795.9110.

 

What if I worked for a short period of time? Should I submit a consent form?

Length of employment is not a limitation. If you believe you may be owed wages and were employed during the claims period, you my submit the consent form.

 

What is the status of the lawsuit?

The case has been conditionally certified by the Court as a collective action.

The opt-in period to join the case by completing and submitting the consent form will expire January 14, 2014.

Following the opt-in period, the necessary data and discovery will be completed on behalf of those who have joined the case.

 

How much money will I get?

The amount of an individual award, if any, is dependent on individual factors including the days and hours worked.

 

What if I moved since I worked for Group O, Inc.?

If you have moved since working for Group O or since joining the case, please call, e-mail, or fax Asonye and Associates with your new address and contact information.

 

When must the consent form be received by Asonye and Associates?

The consent form must be received by Asonye and Associates by January 14, 2014.

 

Who are the attorneys representing the employees?

Plaintiff attorneys are the law firm of Asonye and Associates (www.aa-law.com). The handling attorneys are Uche Asonye.

The attorneys can be reached by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or via phone by calling 312.795.9110.

 

How can I request to speak with an attorney?

Call 312.795.9110

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