On July 17, Chief Judge Dlott granted our motion to certify a class of all Junior ( non-commissioned ) LAEs working in Ohio.
This is an important step forward. The Judge previously had certified a class of Ohio LAETs. Based on some differences in the two positions, Junior LAEs will have a separate class, but they will be making the same claim; that they were misclassified as exempt employees. Going forward, all Ohio LAETs and Junior LAEs employed since September 21, 2008 can make their overtime claims as a class. Many individuals will have claims as both LAETs and Junior LAEs.
We will be meeting with Judge Dlott and the lawyers for TQL on July 29 to discuss scheduling and the next steps. An update will be provided after this meeting.