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
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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
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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
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