Bartles, et al v. Earth Fare, No. 14-cv-00015-CDL (M.D. Ga.)
January 20, 2016: Pursuant to the Court's order, the appointed Settlement Administrator, Rust Consulting, mailed out settlement checks on this date. Employees with any questions regarding this settlement may contact the Settlement Administrator, Rust Consulting, at (866)431-8549.
November 19, 2015: On July 29, 2015, the Court granted preliminary approval of the $1.2 million claims-made settlement fund on behalf of the conditionally certified class of salary-paid Department Managers classified by Earth Fare as "exempt" from overtime laws, and on November 19, 2015, the Court entered an order granting final approval of settlement, certifying the settlement classes, appointing C. Andrew Head and Head Law Firm, LLC as Class Counsel, and approving Class Counsel's attorney's fees in the amount of $400,000. To view the Order granting final settlement approval, click HERE. Employees with any questions may contact the appointed Settlement Administrator, Rust Consulting, at (866)431-8549.
Preceding Case Information:
February 7, 2014: Plaintiffs filed a Complaint and Amended Complaint in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Athens Division, on behalf of all current and former salary-paid Department Managers (e.g., Produce, Specialty, Wellness, Meat & Seafood, Grocery, Front End, Food Service, Assistant Food Service, Bakery, and/or Community Relations) who worked at Earth Fare at any time during the preceding three years through October, 2012, alleging that Earth Fare failed to pay all employees in those positions the overtime required under federal law. Despite the fact that notice has not yet issued to the class, seventeen (17) additional plaintiffs have filed signed Consents to join the case since the case was filed.
March 13, 2014: Earth Fare filed its Answer.
April 7, 2014: Plaintiffs filed their Motion for Conditional Certification and Court-Authorized Notice Pursuant to Section 216(b) of the FLSA.
April 24, 2014: Plaintiffs and Earth Fare filed a Joint Stipulation to Stay Proceedings Pending Mediation. The Court entered an Order granting that joint stipulation to stay proceedings pending mediation.
June 18, 2014: Scheduled date for Mediation. Current or former Department Managers who would like to assist the Plaintiffs, potential class members, and Plaintiffs' counsel in preparing for this mediation by confidentially providing their estimates of overtime hours worked during the relevant overtime period may do so by contacting Plaintiffs' counsel prior to the mediation date: