Vector Marketing Corporation 2014

William Woods, et al v. Vector Marketing Corporation

This proposed class action seeks to recover minimum wages on behalf of all trainees across the country who were not compensated for attending the initial 3-5 days of training required by Vector Marketing when they became Cutco sales representatives. The claims in the complaint are made under federal law and simultaneously the laws of certain states listed below. The case is titled William Woods, et al v. Vector Marketing Corporation (Case No. 3:14-cv-00264) and is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

If you attended the initial 3-5 day training anywhere in the United States at some point after January 16, 2011, please do the following to become eligible as a potential class member:

Sales Representatives who attended the initial 3-5 training at any time after January 16, 2011, may be eligible to join this lawsuit to receive minimum wages for the time spent in that training. If you would like to join this case in order to participate in the lawsuit, you must complete and return the Consent to Join form, you may be considered a class member if the Court rules that the matter may proceed as a collective action on behalf of all those who elect to join and you meet the eligibility requirements. As a class member, you would be eligible to share in any recovery that may be obtained on behalf of those who elect to participate in the action, and you would be bound to the terms of any final resolution of this case. By submitting the Consent to Join Form and thus choosing to be involved in the case as a class member, there is the possibility that you may be called upon to be a witness as to your experiences as a trainee during the initial 3 -5 day training period.

If you attended the initial 3-5 day training in California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, or New York, you may be eligible to participate and recover under your state law:

Sales Representatives who attended the initial 3-5 training at any time after those dates listed below, may be eligible to join this lawsuit to receive minimum wages for the time spent in that training under your state’s law, if the Court allows the action to proceed as a class action for these states. What does that mean? It means that you may recover a higher minimum wage for your time spent in training if your state has a higher minimum wage than federal law does.

If you attended training in any of the below states after the given time period, and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically included in the lawsuit under your state law but still need to fill out the Consent to Join Form to be eligible if the lawsuit is only successful under federal law and not your state law!

California* January 16, 2010
Florida January 16, 2012
Illinois January 16, 2011
Michigan January 16, 2011
Minnesota January 16, 2011
Missouri January 16, 2012
New York January 16, 2008
Ohio January 16, 2012

Important Documents

Woods et al v Vector Consent to Join Form

Woods et al v Vector Complaint Form

*Please note that if you participated in the California action entitled Harris v. Vector Marketing Corp., Civil Action No. 08-5198, you may be excluded from this action.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, you can contact attorney Christina Humphrey at chumphrey@marlinsaltzman.com or senior paralegal Susan Joseph at sjoseph@marlinsaltzman.com

Also, if you attended training in Georgia or Massachusetts after March of 2011 or North Carolina or Texas after March of 2012, please let us know your story as we continue to investigate those states for state law claims!

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