Class Action Lawsuit against Special Counsel, Inc.

  • This Alert Affects:

    Current and former non-exempt employees of Special Counsel, Inc. in the Attorney Advisor or Case Manager position

  • What’s Going On?

    Claims of underpayment of employees, including non-payment of overtime, have come forward against the company

  • How Could a Lawsuit Help?

    A lawsuit can help employees reclaim their rightfully earned pay

  • What Can I Do?

    Contact attorneys with Barkan Meizlish DeRose Wentz McInerney Peifer, LLP via email at or by phone at 614-221-4221.

For Immediate Release:


AKRON, OHIO – November 18th, 2020- Attorneys with Barkan Meizlish DeRose Wentz McInerney Peifer, LLP have filed a Collective Action lawsuit against the Special Counsel, Inc., and Innovative Emergency Management, Inc. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Akron Division. The class defined by the complaint includes named plaintiff, Daniel Bache, and other similarly affected current and former employees. The allegations set forth by the complaint regard wage theft and unfair overtime practices. The class includes current and former non-exempt employees in Attorney Advisor or Case Manager positions.

The complaint asserts that under the Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act (The Ohio Wage Act), the Ohio Prompt Pay Act (the OPPA), and the Federal Labor Standards Act of 1938 (“FLSA”), the defendants failed to compensate employees properly. These alleged failures include non-payment for all hours worked, as well as underpayment of overtime pay for employees. Non-exempt employees are, under the FMLA, supposed to receive one and a one-half times their hourly rate for all hours worked over 40 in a given work week.


Individuals who believe they may have been affected by the above-listed practices should contact attorneys with Barkan Meizlish DeRose Wentz McInerney Peifer, LLP via email at or by phone at 614-221-4221. A copy of the Complaint is attached to this release.



Plaintiffs’ Attorney, Bob DeRose, official statement:  This is a case that highlights that titles or your education do not always matter when it comes to paying overtime.  Even attorneys, when their job duties are not that of being an attorney, are entitled to overtime pay for all hours they work over 40 in a workweek. If your boss tells you that you are not entitled to overtime because of “your job,” make sure your job duties do not qualify you to receive overtime.  It is your actual job duties that matter.


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