Moody v. Royal Wolf LodgeAnnotate this Case
A pilot who worked at a remote fishing lodge filed a claim under the Alaska Wage and Hour Act (AWHA) for unpaid overtime wages. The Superior Court concluded that the pilot was a "professional employee" who was exempt from the overtime requirement. But the legislature amended AWHA in 2005 to adopt the federal definition of this exemption. The federal definition restricted the exemption to employees in "professions where specialized academic training is a standard prerequisite." Applying this definition, the Supreme Court concluded that the pilot was not exempt under AWHA and reversed.