* Two thousand junior accountants sued PwC in California
* Calif. overtime laws don't automatically apply-court
SAN FRANCISCO, June 15 (Reuters) - Unlicensed accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers [PWC.UL] are not automatically covered by California's overtime laws, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
Two-thousand unlicensed junior accountants brought a class action lawsuit against PwC, claiming the giant accounting firm failed to pay them mandatory overtime under California law. A lower court found that PwC could not exempt them from the state's overtime requirements.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed on Wednesday, ruling that PwC is entitled to litigate whether the unlicensed accountants can be exempted from overtime laws. The 9th Circuit remanded the case back to a district court in Sacramento, Calif. for more proceedings.
Representatives for the plaintiffs and PwC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The case in the 9th Circuit is Jason Campbell, Sarah Sobek et al. v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 09-16370. (Reporting by Dan Levine, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)