Coast to Coast in Settlement Discussions with
Former Florida Sales Rep Seeking Overtime Pay, According to Court
November 18, 2010
Coast to Coast Auto Glass and former company sales representative
Ulysses Mejia "have been engaged in negotiations in an attempt
to resolve" Mejia's claims that the company has violated the
Fair Labor Standards Act with regard to overtime pay, according
to a motion filed yesterday in the case. Mejia filed the unopposed
motion for an extension to file his statement of claim in the
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, noting
that he'd prefer to settle case if possible.
Coast to Coast recently missed
its October 29 deadline to respond to the suit, and the court
had ruled that Mejia needed to submit his own "Motion for Default
Final Judgment" by November 22.
"Throughout the last few days, and despite the entry of the
clerk's default, the parties have been engaged in negotiations in
an attempt to resolve this matter," writes Mejia's counsel
Robert Norell in this week's motion. "As such, the Plaintiff
would prefer to continue said settlement discussions rather than
drafting and filing a statement of claim, and incurring further
expense in the preparation of same."
The motion says that Coast to Coast counsel has agreed with this
In the original
suit, filed October 6, Mejia alleges that between August 27,
2010, and September 21, 2010, Coast to Coast "willfully violated
the [Fair Labor Standards Act] by employing employees engaged in
commerce for workweeks longer than 40 hours without compensating
them for their employment in excess of 40 hours at rates not less
than one and a half times the regular rates at which they were employed."
In addition, Mejia alleges that he specifically worked more than
40 hours a week every week of his employment during this time, and
was not paid time and a half for the hours in excess of 40.
This is one of two suits pending against the company for overtime
pay allegations. A second
suit was filed just last week in the state of New York involving
a similar claim.
At press time, neither Norell, representing Mejia, nor Coast to
Coast spokesperson Jigna Patel, had responded to requests for comment.
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