Second Suit Filed Against Coast to Coast Auto
Glass for Overtime Allegations
A former installer for Coast to Coast Auto Glass has filed a suit
against the company in New York alleging that he regularly worked
more than 40 hours per week for the company and was refused overtime
pay due him in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),
according to court documents. The suit, the second in just a month
filed against the company for a similar complaint, was filed on
November 1 by former Coast to Coast installer and technician Raymond
"Despite the fact that Plaintiff regularly worked more than
40 hours per week in a nonexempt position, Defendant refused to
pay him time and a half for overtime, often paying him on a "piece
rate" basis with no additional premiums for overtime work performed,"
reads the complaint.
Mejia, who claims to have worked for the company from September
30, 2009, to March 2010, says he was paid $35 per install up to
January 27, 2010, and $40 after that, according to the suit.
"Mejia generally worked approximately 50 hours per week,"
continues Penn Dodson of Goldbert & Dohan LLP in New York in
the complaint. "Plaintiff Mejia was not paid at a rate of one
and one half times his normal hourly rate for all hours over 40
worked in a workweek."
In addition, Mejia alleges that he often worked more than 10 hours
in a day, and on those days, Coast to Coast did not pay him "an
additional one-hour's pay at the applicable minimum wage rate."
Along with the overtime claims, Mejia also charges Coast to Coast
with "record-keeping failures," stating that the company
"failed to make, keep and preserve accurate records regarding
the wages, hours and other conditions of [his] employment."
Mejia also claims the company violates the New York Minimum Wage
Act (NYLL) by "[failing] to provide [him] at least thirty minutes
for the noon day meal" on days in which he worked a shift of
more than six hours over the 11 a.m.-2 p.m. meal timeframe. In addition,
he alleges that on days when he worked a shift that started before
11 a.m. and continued past 7 p.m., he should have been provided
"an additional meal period of at least 20 minutes between 5
p.m. and 7 p.m., in contravention of NYLL."
Mejia is seeking unpaid wages and overtime wages, liquidated damages,
court costs, and interest.
Mejia's attorney, Penn Dodson, advised glasssBYTEs.com/AGRR
magazine today that she does not know whether her client and Ulysses
Mejia, a former Coast to Coast sales representative who
filed a similar suit in Florida in October, are related. A representative
in the office of Robert Norell, who is representing Ulysses Mejia
in the Florida case, advised she would not be able to release such
Coast to Coast spokesperson Jigna Patel declined to comment on
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