A federal court judge in Tennessee has approved a $3 million class action settlement agreement between Olan Mills Inc. and employees – past and current – in four states as compensation for the company’s violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The alleged violations by the portrait studio chain occurred between 2003 and 2009. Olan Mills, which is based in Tennessee, was sued earlier this year by 18 current and former employees – all of them women – from Tennessee, California, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Georgia and Michigan. Most of the Plaintiffs are employed as studio photographers or were previously employed. All were paid on an hourly basis. In their lawsuit, the Plaintiffs allege that Olan Mills, Inc. violated federal law by forcing employees to work off the clock.