Attempts Mediation in Lawsuit Filed by Former Employees
In a suit in which two former employees have claimed that they
were misclassified and therefore were denied overtime pay by ABRA
Autobody and Glass, the defendant's attorney filed for an extension
yesterday in the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota,
noting the parties have agreed to mediation. According to a letter
addressed to Judge Janie S. Mayeron dated October 17, the two parties
will attempt to mediate the matter with Joan Morrow in Washington,
D.C., on November 27 and 28. The letter, signed by Joseph Sokolowski
of Fredrikson & Byron P.A. in Minneapolis, where ABRA is based,
also requests an extension to file a response to the complaint-the
third extension requesteduntil December 18, "in the event
mediation is unsuccessful."
The original class-action suit was filed on July 17 and ABRA's
answer was due originally on August 20. An extension was granted
until September 4, and then until today, October 18.
Clayton Halunen of D. Halunen & Associates, the law firm that represents
the plaintiffs, Thomas Hale and Justin Shreckenstein, has been unable
to be reached for comment.
Sokolowski has declined to comment on the case.
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