A law firm has sued more than 60 people for alleged overtime violations in an ongoing class action lawsuit alleging that its workers were not paid on time and were denied benefits for unpaid work.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Salt Lake City, seeks more than $7 million in damages and to have the lawsuit dismissed.
The class action is being filed by attorneys representing people who have suffered injuries or losses related to working at an office for the firm that provides litigation, legal and regulatory services to corporate clients.
The plaintiffs in the class action are alleged to have been fired on or before March 18 and are seeking at least $5 million each in compensatory damages and punitive damages.
“We are a very small firm and it’s just not enough to be able to hire lawyers and then lose those people and then be left with nothing,” said Matthew F. Gage, one of the lawyers who filed the lawsuit.
“We have to be a little bit more proactive and be a bit more organized.”
In a statement, the firm said it “firmly believes that it has an obligation to provide the same benefits as employees of other law firms in Utah and to compensate all the people who are covered by the class as well as those who were not.”
The Utah Attorney General’s Office has been investigating the firm since the lawsuit was filed, and the attorney general’s office said it is looking into the lawsuit and other allegations of fraud in the firm.
The company did not respond to requests for comment.
The Utah law firm hired by the plaintiffs is called D.H. Gentry, which represents clients in a variety of litigation and financial matters.
The firm’s website states that it is the third-largest law firm in Utah.
It is not clear if the firm was paid on or after March 18.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the plaintiffs have not yet been paid and that the attorney for the plaintiffs said that the law firm would be filing a motion to dismiss if the lawsuit proceeds.
The law firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.