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Hopkins v. Cornerstone America, No. 07-10952 (5th Cir. October 13, 2008)

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Court Designates Sales Managers as “Employees” Because Company Controls Distribution of Sales Leads.

Ogletree Deakins • October 24, 2008
A group of insurance “sales leaders” who filed for overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been deemed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to be employees rather than independent contractors, and therefore eligible for overtime pay. Hopkins v. Cornerstone America, No. 07-10952 (5th Cir. October 13, 2008). The court based its decision on the economic realities of the situation, and determined that the managers were economically dependent upon the company for which they worked, instead of being in business for themselves.