Many Carvel employees fall under the non-exempt category of employment and MUST be paid overtime wages according to the guidelines laid out in the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA). The FLSA sets the overtime rate for non-exempt employees at time and one-half their standard rate of pay for any time worked over 40 hours in a single week.
The FLSA regulations do not apply to “administrative” or “professional” employees due to exemptions preventing specific categories of employees from receiving overtime pay.
Exemptions are not based entirely on one’s job title, however. Whether or not an employee should receive overtime pay is calculated by the hours worked, the rate of pay, the job duties, and even the job description.
It’s always a good idea to speak with an attorney with experience in overtime pay laws due to issues with additional state laws governing overtime pay. These laws sometimes overlap federal laws and further complicate or contradict the FLSA.
Founded by Tom Carvel in 1929, the eponymous Carvel franchise is an ice cream chain owned by Focus Brands. Carvel is best known for their soft serve ice cream and ice cream cakes, which feature a layer of distinctive ‘crunchies’. It also sells a variety of novelty ice cream bars and sandwiches. In 1985, at the height of their popularity, there were 865 stores with an income of over $300 million. Today, however, Carvel employs about 2,000 individuals at approximately 400 retail franchises and food service locations. Carvel branded products are also available at nearly 10,000 supermarkets. Unfortunately, Carvel ranks among the worst franchises to own by loan failure rate. At number 12, Carvel franchisee’s default on their loan approximately 56% of the time, making it an incredibly difficult franchise to operate. Notwithstanding financing difficulties, Carvel is well regarded by consumers and enterprising franchisees alike for its distinctive classical ice cream brand.
Numerous non-exempt Carvel employees may be required to start before their shifts or even work after their shifts finish off the clock. It is not uncommon for employees to work double shifts as well. Because of this, if many Carvel employees exceed 40 working hours in a single week, they should receive overtime pay.
Employers have been known to illegally misclassify positions to avoid paying overtime. For instance, Carvel shift or location managers may have been labeled “managers” with the goal of marking them exempt from overtime pay. However, these employees are in fact non-exempt because of the nature of their job duties.
Often companies label employees as managers even though they do not fill vital roles for the business. The FLSA dictates that “managers” must have specific abilities, for instance, hiring or firing employees, making schedules, or completing other tasks that are essential to the running of the business. Typically these employees do not perform these duties and are instead only labeled as managers for employers to save money by avoiding paying overtime.
Another unlawful practice that the Carvel may perform is having employees clock in before a shift or asking them to stay after a shift without compensating them. This practice of manipulating time cards to keep payroll costs down is a violation of the FLSA and can result in a lawsuit.
How Can a FLSA Lawyer Help You
An experienced lawyer can analyze your case and see if you are entitled to lost overtime wages from Carvel by evaluating how state and federal laws apply to your situation.
Does Carvel Have to Pay Overtime Wages to Employees?
For the most part, Carvel must pay overtime to non-exempt employees who work more than 40 hours in a week as long as they are not excluded by the FLSA. However, these exemptions become more complicated by some states that have additional laws governing them.
If you feel like you have been denied overtime wages, then it is in your best interest to consult an attorney with FLSA experience and knowledge of state overtime laws.
Are There Other Overtime Pay Lawsuits Involving Carvel?
Here are a few examples from the many previous lawsuits that have been issued against other employers for failing to pay overtime wages:
Although Carvel has yet to field any labor lawsuits, it is imperative that employees remain vigilant. In 2017 alone, U.S workers lost $15 billion to wage theft. No restaurant is exempt from federal protections; workplace violations are serious and more prevalent than you think. Know your rights: employer practices require careful policing.
If you feel as though Carvel or any another employer has denied you overtime wages, you could have a case. Please get in touch with the Lemberg Law legal team. Complete our form for a FREE case evaluation, or call 844-685-9200 NOW. Lemberg Law will evaluate your case as see if you are eligible to receive lost overtime wages as a non-exempt employee.
About the Author:
Sergei Lemberg is a lawyer whose practice focuses on consumer law, class actions and personal injury litigation. He has been repeatedly recognized as the “most active consumer attorney” in the country. In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid in the United States Supreme Court in the case entitled Duguid v. Facebook. He is the author of Defanging Debt Collectors, a book that teaches consumers how to battle debt collectors and win.