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Tennis pro files lawsuit for overtime payment failures

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According to a report from the Associated Press, a former tennis pro at a Michigan resort has filed a lawsuit for alleged overtime payment failures.

The pro, Patruck Bruining, had worked at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City, Michigan, for six months before noticing any discrepancies. Bruining claims he worked more than 40 hours on a regular basis, providing lessons and overseeing tournaments and other duties. However, he feels he was incorrectly classified as a salaried employee, which prevented him from receiving overtime pay.

Hotel management has publicly stated that the former employee was a contractor who received health insurance, and thus, was a salaried worker who was not eligible for overtime pay.

The lawsuit highlights the importance of companies abiding by state and industry standards, especially those involving labor laws. Failure to do so may result in expensive professional liability lawsuits. At companies with larger workforces, overtime payment failures may also prompt class-action suits from employees, which can be damaging for reputations as well. 

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