MOREL THEN v. GREAT ARROW BUILDERS, LLC
ORDER GRANTING 40 Joint Stipulation to Conditional Certification of the FLSA Collective. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this case is conditionally certified as a collective action under 29 U.S.C. §216(b) and will proceed as such until further order of the Court as more fully set forth in said order. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a Telephonic Status Conference is set for 10/14/2021 at 9:00 AM. Signed by Judge Christy Criswell Wiegand on 6/3/2021. (jmm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
RAFAEL A. MOREL THEN
GREAT ARROW BUILDERS, LLC,
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER APPROVING JOINT STIPULATION TO
CONDITIONAL CERTIFICATION OF THE FLSA COLLECTIVE
Before the Court is the parties’ Joint Stipulation to Conditional Certification of the FLSA
Collective (“the Stipulation”), ECF No. 40, which seeks to conditionally certify the case as a
collective action pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 216(b) to include “All current and former UnionRepresented Hourly Craft Workers who worked for Defendant at any time from November 2018
to present.” ECF No. 40 at 1.
A court can conditionally certify a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action if
the plaintiff makes a “modest factual showing” that she is similarly situated with the other
members of the proposed collective action: “[t]his is a lenient standard, requiring the plaintiff to
produce ‘some evidence, “beyond pure speculation,” of a factual nexus between the manner in
which the employer’s alleged policy affected her and the manner in which it affected other
employees.’” Jones v. Alliance Inspection Mgmt., LLC, Civil Action No. 13-1662, 2014 WL
1653112, at *11 (W.D. Pa. Apr. 24, 2014) (quoting Symczyk v. Genesis HealthCare Corp., 656
F.3d 189, 192–93 (3d Cir. 2011), rev’d on other grounds, 133 S.Ct. 1523 (2013) (quoting Smith v.
Sovereign Bancorp, Inc., Civil Action No. 03-2420, 2003 WL 22701017, at *3 (E.D. Pa. 2003))).
In support of their Stipulation to conditionally certify this case as a collective action, the
parties agree that
there is a factual nexus between the manner in which Defendant’s alleged policy
affected Plaintiff and Putative Collective Members. These common agreed to facts
include, for example, Plaintiff and Putative Collective Members were each UnionRepresented Hourly Craft Workers of different titles, who received the site
allowance payments pursuant to a collectively bargained agreement that covers
each of them. Defendant has admitted that payment of the Site Allowance is
common to all of its Union-Represented Hourly Craft Workers.
ECF No. 40 at 2–3. As such, “the parties agree that the lenient modest factual showing standard
to conditionally certify an FLSA collective for purposes of sending notice is satisfied.” Id at 2.
The parties further agree that notice to potential members of the collective should be delayed until
after the parties have completed their mediation session, which is scheduled for July 27, 2021. Id.
Pursuant to the parties’ Stipulation, the Court is satisfied that that Plaintiff and the members
of the proposed collective action are similarly situated given the “lenient standard” set forth above.
Therefore, the Court ORDERS that this case is conditionally certified as a collective action under
29 U.S.C. § 216(b) and will proceed as such until further order of the Court. The collective action
shall consist of the following:
All current and former Union-Represented Hourly Craft
Workers who worked for Defendant at any time from
November 2018 to present.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court authorizes the Proposed Notice and Consent
Form filed as part of the Stipulation, ECF No. 40-1, to be delivered or otherwise disseminated by
mail in accordance with the schedule set forth below.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, should the parties be unable to resolve this case through
their mediation session set for July 27, 2021, the parties shall comply with the following schedule:
No later than August 10, 2021
No later than August 17, 2021
No later than October 1, 2021
No later than October 6, 2021
No later than October 8, 2021
Counsel for Defendants shall provide to Collective Counsel in Excel
(.xlsx) format the following information regarding all Putative
Collective Members: full names; last known mailing addresses with
city, state, and zip code; last known telephone number; and all known
Collective Counsel must send a copy of the Court-approved Notice and
Consent Form, and postage paid return envelope (collectively “Notice
Package”) to every Putative Collective Member by First Class U.S.
The Putative Collective Members shall have until October 1, 2021 to
return their signed Consent Forms to Collective Counsel for filing with
the Court (the “Notice Period”).
Collective Counsel shall file with the Court all signed Consents to Join.
Counsel for the parties must meet and confer and file a proposed
discovery plan for the remainder of litigation.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court shall hold a telephonic status conference on
October 14, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. The parties are not required to file confidential position letters in
advance of this conference.
DATED this 3rd day of June, 2021.
BY THE COURT:
/s/ Christy Criswell Wiegand
CHRISTY CRISWELL WIEGAND
United States District Judge
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