Scantland, et al. v. Knight, Inc., et al., No. 12-12614 (11th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs appealed the district court's order on summary judgment holding that they were "independent contractors," instead of "employees," and were not entitled to overtime and minimum wage protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 201 et seq. The court concluded that, viewing the facts most favorably towards plaintiffs and with all justifiable inferences drawn in their favor, plaintiffs were "employees" under the FLSA. Because there were genuine issues of material fact, and because plaintiffs were "employees," the district court erred in granting summary judgment to Knight. Accordingly, the court reversed the district court's summary judgment order and remanded for further proceedings. The court affirmed, however, the district court's denial of plaintiffs' motions to reopen the opt-in period, for protective order, for corrective notice, and for sanctions.