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Zillow faces class-action lawsuit over unpaid employee compensation

The judge's decision opens the door for as many as 150 other employees to join the suit
  • Zillow Group will now face a class-action battle over alleged illegal wage and hour law violations in a case that was originally brought by the company's former inside sales consultant Ian Freeman.
  • Zillow has prevailed at least twice in getting the claims dismissed, but the court gave the plaintiffs more opportunities to amend their complaint.
  • The class-action certification means that employees who allege they experienced circumstances similar to Freeman's can join the case and seek damages.
  • The plaintiffs' attorneys have estimated that Zillow employed about 150 other people in hourly positions during the class period in controversy.

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After fighting a former employee’s accusations that he was overworked and underpaid in California federal court for more than a year, Zillow Group will now face a class-action battle over alleged illegal wage and hour law violations. U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton certified the case of Freeman, et al., v. Zillow Group Inc., as a class action on Friday, opening the door for other former Zillow employees to join the lawsuit. The original complaint The case has been making its way through the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California since November 2014, when Ian Freeman, a former inside sales consultant for Zillow, first filed suit. According to Freeman’s original complaint, he was employed by Zillow from September 2012 to September 2014, and was classified as a non-exempt, hourly employee. Freeman alleged in his original complaint that Zillow "engaged in an illegal design to circumvent federal and state laws with the sole purpose of maximizing pro...