Three additional former Safelite technicians have joined the July 2017 lawsuit against the company for alleged unpaid wages due to the company’s purported “Forty-Hour Plan.” The plaintiffs are seeking $500,000 total under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Charles E. Coates, Jr., Theodore Claiborne, Jr., and Tyrone T. Staten have joined plaintiffs Lamar Mackall, Ryan Hunter and Quincy Williams, all of whom claim the company illegally altered employee time cards to negate overtime hours, or any hours worked over 40.
The plaintiffs claim they were not compensated properly for worked overtime hours, their hourly pay and a half, due to the alleged policy, which denied the employees overtime wages they were required to work. The lawsuit claims technicians were often required to work overtime due to weather, rioting and looting.
“It was known as the Forty-Hour Plan because regardless of how many hours they worked each week, plaintiffs’ and other technicians’ timecards were revised to reflect they only worked forty (40) hours,” the complaint reads. “Plaintiffs’ supervisors were responsible for this illegal act. It was a common practice throughout plaintiffs’ and other technicians’ employment.”
According to Mackall and Hunter, the “Forty-Hour Plan” was enforced throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
Safelite attorneys responded to the complaint, denying all of the allegations brought forth against the company. The defendant claimed the company maintained and implemented proper time recordings of all its employees, including the plaintiffs.
The presiding judge granted class-action status, in part, to those technicians who worked for Safelite at its Woodlawn, Md., Reisterstown, Md., and Columbia, Md., locations, during July 31, 2014 to January 1, 2017, and who did not receive proper compensation for worked overtime.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland Northern Division.