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National Collegiate Scouting Association Settles Unpaid Overtime Class Action for $1.6M

This is a settlement for the Employment lawsuit.

New York, NY: A $1.6 million class action settlement has been approved in an unpaid overtime lawsuit pending against the National Collegiate Scouting Association Inc.. In the complaint, the plaintiffs alleged the scouting organization was in violation of federal and state law for failing to pay overtime wages to "scout coordinators."

The settlement received final approval from US District Judge Susan E. Cox, who wrote "The court finds that the strength of the plaintiff's case on the merits, weighed against defendant's defenses and the complexity, length and expense of further litigation, support approval of the settlement." The approved settlement effectively ends the wage and hour class action lawsuit which was filed by Steven Myszka in February 2013. Nearly 300 individuals make up the class, all of whom allege they were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay requirements.

Just over $1 million will be available for class members under the deal, with the biggest settlement payout nearing $20,000 and an average payment of $3,949.55, according to the memorandum.

The settlement provides for a $7,500 service award for Myszka and $5,000 service awards for two other opt-in plaintiffs. The lawsuit is The Myszka v. National Collegiate Scouting Association, Inc., case number 1:13-cv-01259, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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Published on Mar-24-14


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