Firm obtains summary judgement for Oklahoma Goodwill Industries

July 1, 2008

In June 2008, McAfee & Taft attorneys Tim Bomhoff and Vickie Buchanan obtained summary judgment in favor of its client, Oklahoma Goodwill Industries, Inc., in a class action lawsuit alleging violation of the Oklahoma Minimum Wage Act.

The plaintiff, the appointed guardian of a disabled employee of Oklahoma Goodwill Industries and on behalf of a class of similarly situated individuals, asserted that Oklahoma Goodwill Industries did not pay minimum wages under the Oklahoma Minimum Wage Act.

In granting summary judgment, the Oklahoma County District Court judge agreed with defendant’s assertion that it was not subject to the Oklahoma Minimum Wage Act because it retained certification from the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division to pay special minimum wages to disabled workers under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Further, the court found that Oklahoma Goodwill Industries’ payment of special minimum wages was in compliance with the FLSA.

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