Civil Action No. 19-CV-4996 (JPC) in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


The purpose of this Notice is to inform you of the existence of a collective action lawsuit brought by Plaintiff Vickie Jeffreys and joined by 8 current and former Jo Malone Freelancers (“Plaintiffs”).  This notice provides information about whether you may be eligible to participate in the lawsuit. The caption of the lawsuit is Jeffreys v. The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Estee Lauder Inc., ELC Beauty LLC, ELC Management LLC and Jo Malone Inc. (collectively, “Jo Malone”). 


TO:       All individuals who worked as a “Freelancer” for Jo Malone in New York, California, New Jersey, Arizona, Virginia or Illinois, at any time on or after November 20, 2017.

RE:      This is an official Court-Ordered Notice from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, but the Court has taken no position on the merits of the claims in this lawsuit. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer. You may have rights  under this collective action lawsuit.




To participate in this lawsuit, you must complete and return the Consent to Join form by January 4, 2021 by either regular mail; email to the following address: [email protected] or online by visiting the Click to File a Consent to Join Form tab.

Two International Drive, Suite 350              
Rye Brook, NY 10573

Email: [email protected]
Fax: (914) 934-9200



You will not be part of the lawsuit and therefore will not be bound by any judgment in the lawsuit whether it is favorable or unfavorable.


I.  Introduction and What this Lawsuit is About

The Lawsuit. This lawsuit is called Vickie Jeffreys, et al. v. The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc, et al.   The lawsuit claims that Freelancers worked over 40 hours in a workweek.  Specifically, Plaintiffs claim that Freelancers should have been paid overtime hours when they actually worked over 40 hours in a week, including hours that were not recorded on Jo Malone’s time tracking system such as for time Freelancers were allegedly instructed not to input into the Jo Malone time tracking system and hours outside their scheduled shift, such as to prepare and set up the store or counter (before opening and after closing).  Jo Malone denies Plaintiffs’ allegations in their entirety and maintains that Freelancers were properly compensated for all hours worked, including any overtime hours.

The Court has allowed this Notice on behalf of all persons who are or were employed as Freelancers for Jo Malone in New York, California, New Jersey, Arizona, Virginia, or Illinois at any time from November 20, 2017 to the present.


II.  Why Did I Get This Notice?

You received this notice because Jo Malone’s records indicate that you either currently work or previously worked as a Freelancer for Jo Malone in New York, California, New Jersey, Arizona, Virginia or Illinois, at any time on or after November 20, 2017. This Notice is to inform you of the existence of the case and advise you of your rights. The choice to join this lawsuit is yours.


III.  What Happens If I Join the Lawsuit?

If you choose to join the lawsuit, the lawyers listed below will represent you in your potential claims of unpaid overtime wages against Jo Malone.  These attorneys will be paid on a contingency fee basis. This means that they will only be paid if they are successful in obtaining any wages allegedly owed to you, whether after trial or in a settlement. 
If you choose to join this lawsuit, you will be bound by any ruling, judgment, award, or settlement, whether favorable or unfavorable. That means, if Plaintiffs win, you may be eligible to receive a payment. If Plaintiffs lose, you will receive no money, and you will not be able to file another lawsuit about the issues in the case.

Plaintiffs are represented by:
Seth R. Lesser                               Yongmoon Kim                           
Christopher M. Timmel                  Kim Law Firm LLC
Klafter Olsen & Lesser LLP           411 Hackensack Ave., Suite 701
Two International Drive                 Hackensack, NJ 07601
Suite 350                                      (201) 273-7117    
Rye Brook, New York 10573
(914) 934-9200

By returning the Consent Form, you choose to join this lawsuit and, if you so choose, these attorneys will represent you.


IV.  And If I Do Not Join?

If you do not want to join this lawsuit, simply do nothing.  If you do not join, you will not be bound by any judgment issued by the Court in this case – whether it is favorable or unfavorable.  You will not be entitled to obtain money recovered in this lawsuit, if any, but you will have the right to bring your own claims, assuming any such claims are timely filed. 


V.  How Do I Join?

If you want to participate in this lawsuit, it is extremely important that you read, sign and either mail, fax, scan, or email the completed Consent Form by January 4, 2021 to either:

Klafter Olsen & Lesser LLP                                                
Two International Drive                                                      
Rye Brook, New York 10573                                              
[email protected]
Fax: (914) 934-9200                   


For your convenience, you may also electronically sign the Consent Form by visiting the Click to File a Consent to Join Form tab, which will contain directions for filling out and electronically signing and submitting the Consent Form. A Consent Form can also be obtained at (914) 934-9200, ext. 312. Should you lose or misplace the enclosed Consent Form, please contact Christopher Timmel at (914) 934-9200, ext. 312. If you have questions, you may contact Plaintiffs’ counsel at (914) 934-9200, ext. 312.


VI.  Will My Participation Affect My Employment?

No. Federal law prohibits an employer from firing or in any way retaliating against you because you have joined this Lawsuit.


VII.  How Can I Get More Information?

Additional information can be obtained from Klafter Olsen & Lesser LLP, at the above addresses and telephone numbers. The Court file in this case can also be examined in person at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY.

This Notice is not an expression by the Court of any opinion concerning the alleged claims. This Notice simply informs you of the pendency of this litigation and your rights to join, or not join, the lawsuit.