Coast to Coast in Settlement Discussions with Former Florida Sales Rep Seeking Overtime Pay, According to Court Documents
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 suggestion.

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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