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Class in ABRA Suit Filed by Former Employees Grows

Four more former employees have joined the lawsuit filed against ABRA Auto Body & Glass last August. In the class-action suit, Thomas Hale and Justin Schreckenstein, the original named plaintiffs, allege that ABRA required customer service managers (CSMs) and customer service representatives (CSRs) to work overtime without pay and that it did so by misclassifying these employees as "managerial," which exempted them from overtime pay (CLICK HERE for related story).

The suit was filed on July 17, 2007, in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, and the plaintiffs' complaint was amended on November 27, 2007, when the former employees added allegations that ABRA violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to the original complaint (CLICK HERE for related story.)

The plaintiffs' counsel, Charles V. Firth of Halunen & Associates, filed Notices of Consent for Glenn Wittenberg, Thomas Hansing of Chartersville, Ga., Derick S. McConnell of Gainesville, Ga., and Barry R. Stephens of Monroe, Ga., on January 28. Hansing, McConnell and Stephens all served as customer service managers for the company. Detailed information regarding Wittenberg was not available at press time, though he was listed on Firth's Certificate of Service Via ECF System.


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