Abercrombie & Fitch To Pay Additional Assistant Managers Thousands of Dollars In Improperly Withheld Overtime Wages

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NEW YORK, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Klafter Olsen & Lesser LLP; Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans, & Figel, P.L.L.C.; and Berger Attorney, P.C. announce that Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. (ANF), have offered to pay $10,798.46 to three Assistant Managers for failing to pay proper overtime wages, in connection with a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of New York, Hepler, et al. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Co., et al., 13 Civ. 2815. Abercrombie agreed to pay the Assistant Manager's attorney's fees and court costs to be determined by the Court.

The claims arose under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and asserted that Abercrombie violated the FLSA by failing to pay Assistant Managers all wages due and owing to them for working more than 40 hours a week. Abercrombie did not pay overtime to the Assistant Manager at time and one-half, and Plaintiffs alleged that its practice violated the law. Abercrombie claimed that the amounts offered to the Assistant Managers include all overtime wages owed plus liquidated (double) damages, and interest. The full number of Abercrombie Assistant Managers who were subject to Abercrombie's pay practice is not known.  Assistant Managers are continuing to join the lawsuit.

The Abercrombie Assistant Managers are represented by Seth Lesser, Fran Rudich, and Michael Palitz of Klafter Olsen & Lesser LLP; Silvija Strikis and Andrew Hetherington of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans, & Figel, P.L.L.C.; and Bradley Berger of Berger Attorney, P.C.

"We are thrilled to obtain thousands of dollars for our clients," said Seth Lesser of KOL. "It is one of Klafter Olsen & Lesser's priorities, and that of my co-counsel firms, to help workers obtain overtime premiums to which they are entitled, and we hope that these judgments send another message to Abercrombie and other employers that they need to be vigilant in complying with the law," Mr. Lesser explained.

For more information, contact Michael Palitz at MPalitz@klafterolsen.com or 914-934-9200, extension 312.

The firms representing Plaintiffs have extensive experience in bringing FLSA and wage and hour cases involving the failure to pay overtime. Please visit any of the firms' websites, www.klafterolsen.com, www.khhte.com, and www.bergerattorney.com, for more information.

Seth R. Lesser
Two International Drive., Suite 350
Rye Brook, New York 10573
(914) 934-9200


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