GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Harvard Protection Services, which supplies security guards and fire safety directors to businesses throughout New York City, is facing allegations of refusing to pay its employees proper overtime pay when they exceed 40 hours per week. Vito Gambino, who has worked for Harvard Protection Services since 2007, has filed a class action against the company with Garden City-based law firm Valli Kane & Vagnini, LLP. A Federal Judge has found that because there is evidence showing that Harvard Protection changed its employees' hourly rates for any hours over forty to two-thirds of their original rate, it created a loophole in which it could still pay the required time-and-a-half without exceeding the normal hourly rate. The Court has now ordered that hundreds of employees potentially harmed by this loophole be notified and allowed to participate in the lawsuit.
In addition, employees are required to travel to different sites in New York City throughout the day, and Harvard Protection Services refused to compensate for travel time, even though it had been established that this travel time was not part of the commute but rather one of the job's duties. When Gambino complained, he was required to travel during his lunch break.
Established in 2005, Valli Kane & Vagnini, LLP aims to combine the intimacy of a boutique law firm with the experience and positive results one would expect of a large firm. Catering to victims of job discrimination and labor violations, VKV's areas of practice include but are not limited to: class actions; wrongful termination; sexual harassment; race, gender or age discrimination; and wage and hour laws. With over 40 years of combined experience, VKV's lawyers are considered strong advocates of civil rights and proponents of respectful, safe and law-abiding work environments.
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