Madden, et al. v. Lumber One Home Center, Inc., No. 13-2214 (8th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs, three former employees, filed suit against Lumber One, claiming that Lumber One incorrectly classified them as executive employees who were exempt from overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 207(a)(1). After overturning the jury verdict, the district court awarded plaintiffs overtime pay and attorneys' fees. The court concluded that Lumber One failed to show that Plaintiffs Madden and O'Bar met the executive exemption standard where Lumber One failed to prove that these plaintiffs had the authority to hire or fire employees, or that their recommendations regarding personnel decisions were given "particular weight" by the decisionmaker. The court concluded, however, that Lumber One did prove that Plaintiff Wortman was eligible for the executive exemption. Accordingly, the court affirmed with respect to Madden and O'Bar, reversed with respect to Wortman, and remanded for a new determination of attorneys' fees.