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Madeira v. Converse, Inc., No. 22-55161, 2023 WL 5275011 (9th Cir. Aug. 16, 2023)

The Appellate Case

The case of Madeira v. Converse, Inc. is about Bryan Madeira, an equipment operator at Converse, a company that sells shoes and clothing. Madeira disagreed with two decisions from a lower court and appealed them: (1) the decision not to allow his case to proceed as a class action (a type of lawsuit where many people who have been harmed in the same way can sue together), and (2) the decision that Converse didn’t have to go to trial for Madeira’s claims.

Madeira argued that Converse didn’t pay him correctly for all the hours he worked, including overtime. The court didn’t agree with him on this. They referred to a rule in the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal law that sets standards for wages and hours, which allows some bonuses to not be included in overtime pay calculations.

However, Madeira also claimed that Converse used a specific method for calculating hours (referred to as ’rounding’) that was unfair. He believed the lower court was wrong to dismiss this claim. The appeals court agreed with Madeira, stating that he had given Converse enough notice about this claim when he tried to get his case certified as a class action.

So, in simpler terms, Madeira thought Converse wasn’t paying him fairly for his work hours and that they were using an unfair method to calculate those hours. The court disagreed with him about the pay, but agreed that his claim about the calculation method should not have been dismissed. The search results provided do not offer additional information relevant to this case.

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