On March 22, 2019, Judge Barrett issued his Order & Opinion denying TQL’s motion to decertify the Ohio overtime claims in this case. After a lengthy analysis, the Judge rejected TQL’s argument that the claims of LAETs and Junior LAEs could only be decided on an individual basis. Instead, these claims presented a common legal question - whether these employees were misclassified by TQL as exempt from overtime - a question that could be answered by class-wide generalized proof. This long-awaited ruling by the Judge keeps the entire case intact and moving toward trial.
A status conference has been set with the Judge and the lawyers for the parties on April 23, 2019.
We will request the court to set some firm deadlines, including a trial date, to move this case forward.