New class action commenced against Flight Centre
Class action alleges Flight Centre fails to pay overtime to its travel consultants
Goldblatt Partners has filed a proposed class action for unpaid overtime against Flight Centre Travel Group (Canada) Inc. on behalf of all current and former travel consultants who worked for Flight Centre in Canada since October 2010.
The Statement of Claim alleges, among other things, that Flight Centre violated applicable employment standards legislation and its contracts of employment with class members by failing to pay for overtime work.
The Star spoke to Nadine Blum and Josh Mandryk about the case:
Goldblatt lawyer Nadine Blum said the retail travel industry is a “high pressure” sector where employees are often expected to work as long as required to hit sales targets and support customers.
“The employers who reap the benefits of that work should be properly compensating employees for their time,” she said.
“We hope that this proposed class action serves as a powerful reminder that employees are not disentitled to overtime pay merely because they are paid on a salaried basis,” added co-counsel Josh Mandryk.
“There’s a misconception that employees who are on commission aren’t entitled to overtime and that’s not the case.”