Beauty supply store manager recovers over $15,000 in unpaid overtime.
A store manager for a national beauty supply chain was paid a salary, but did not supervise at least 2 full time employees. In fact, the store manager was the only employee of the store. The company assumed that the store manager was exempt because it paid her a salary and because most managers are generally exempt. Because the store manager was a “one woman show,” the company was not able to argue that she was exempt under the executive exemption. Instead, the company argued that the administrative exemption applied, however, it was clear that the store manager’s primary duty was to sell beauty supplies, merchandise the products, unload trucks, and otherwise run the store. These types of duties fall outside the administrative exemption. As store manager, she was required to attend several meetings and stay after hours, without any additional pay. She got fed up with having to work so many hours and consulted with Robert S. Norell, P.A. to see if there was anything she could do. Robert S. Norell, P.A. took her case and successfully negotiated a settlement with the company that compensated her for her unpaid overtime, plus an equal amount for liquidated damages, and paid all of her reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.