Beer Capitol Distributing, Inc.

Matthew Tobin, a beer Merchandiser for Beer Capital Distributing, Inc., filed a class action lawsuit against the company today on behalf of himself and about 60 of his co-workers. The lawsuit alleges that shortly after Beer Capitol Distributing acquired another distributor, Miller Brands-Milwaukee, LLC, in 2008, the company began paying their Merchandisers a salary rather than on an hourly basis. With this change, the company stopped paying their Merchandisers overtime compensation. 


Mr. Tobin alleges Beer Capital Distributing, Inc. violated both Wisconsin state wage laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying him and his fellow Merchandisers overtime premium compensation - time and one-half - for each hour they worked over forty hours a week.  


A copy of the complaint can be found here.  


As the case has been filed on behalf of similarly situated employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, current or former Merchandisers who worked for Beer Capital Distributing, Inc. within the last three years can opt-into this lawsuit by filling out this opt-in form and returning it to Cross Law Firm, S.C.  Click here for the opt-in form


If you have any questions regarding this matter, or if you would like to update your address in our database, please contact our firm at 414-224-0000 or through our website.


UPDATE - 3/30/2012 - A couple news stories regarding this complaint have been written.  They can be found here:


Worker accuses beer wholesaler of overtime violations - Journal Sentinel, March 21, 2012


Employee files class action lawsuit against beer distributor - BizTimes.com, March 22, 2012

UPDATE - 9/22/2012 - After a full day's mediation, the parties have come to a tentative settlement of this lawsuit. The settlement is on a class wide basis and must receive both preliminary and final approval by the Court. The parties will ask the Court for preliminary approval in early October. We will keep you updated on the status of this as the matter proceeds through settlement. If you have any questions regarding this matter, or if you would like to update your address in our database, please contact our firm at 414-224-0000 or through our website.

UPDATES - 11/1/12 - The Court preliminarily approved the class action settlement and notices were sent to the class members today. If you have any questions regarding this matter, or if you would like to update your address in our database, please contact our firm at 414-224-0000 or through our website. 

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