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Hand with MoneyRockville based contractor Hann & Hann will pay $600,000 plus the plaintffs' legal fees to settle a wage and overtime based class action suitAs reported in the Washington Post by Rubin Castaneda on January 30, 2010, Hann & Hann agreed to pay overtime plus 50% for every employee working with the company not paid overtime between May 8, 2006 and May 8 2008.

There are a couple important subtexts to this case and settlement.  First, reports describe the 200 plus employees and former employees as almost all Spanish speaking immigrants.  This naturally raises questions not only of immigration status, but also of whether the contractor was perceived as taking advantage of employees less able to defend themselves.  In this case, the employees not only had the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs on the case, but also were represented by Arnold and Porter pro bono.