Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Security Company American Public Defense Inc.

On August 28, 2020, the Chicago law firm DeBlasio & Gower LLC filed a collective and class action lawsuit on behalf of two former security officers against American Public Defense Inc. and others for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Illinois Minimum Wage Law.   Several former employees of APD have filed “opt-in” notices to join the lawsuit since it was filed.

Defendant American Public Defense Inc. (APD) is a security guard company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, that provides security services throughout the Northern District of Illinois.

Plaintiffs allege that APD and others failed to pay overtime wages to its security officers of one and one-half times their regular hourly rate of pay for hours worked in excess of forty in a workweek.

The federal lawsuit also alleges that:

  • APD failed to pay security officers their full wages and final compensation for hours worked, including, work hours logged but not paid by APD;
  • APD failed to pay security officers for required travel time, wait time and meetings at APD’s corporate headquarters in Chicago;
  • APD failed to reimburse security officers for necessary expenditures, such as for using their personal vehicles; and
  • APD made unauthorized deductions from the wages of its security officers, such as for uniforms and fines.

Do You Have A Case?  If you have been denied or shorted on your pay (including overtime pay), please feel free to contact us for a free consultation by clicking here  https://www.dgllc.net/contact/ or calling us at (630) 560-1124.

DeBlasio & Gower LLC’s founding member, Attorney Antonio DeBlasio, has been selected by Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation in 2008 and in each year from 2014 through 2020. Only 5% of attorneys receive this distinction.  Contact Mr. DeBlasio at (630) 560-1124.