Former Coast to Coast Sales Rep Sues Company for Unpaid Overtime, Retaliation
October 13, 2010

A former Coast to Coast Auto Glass sales representative has filed a suit against the company for allegations that include unpaid overtime and retaliation. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida last week.

The former employee, Ulysses Mejia, claims 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." 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.

Mejia says that while exemptions do exist in the Fair Labor Standards Act for those who work overtime, he was not exempt, as "he neither was a bona fide executive, administrative or professional employee." Mejia also claims that he worked for several hours during his employment "but received no compensation whatsoever for the work performed," and that he should have at least been paid minimum wage.

The former Coast to Coast employee also alleges that during the course of his employment, he often "complained about the amount of hours that he was required to work, as well as the lack of compensation."

"Plaintiff made his complaints well-known to the Defendant that his hours worked, including overtime hours, were not being compensated properly," writes Mejia's counsel in the October 6 complaint. "Plaintiff's verbal complaints regarding improper overtime compensation were well-known throughout the company, or, at the very least, by both plaintiff's superiors and co-workers alike."

Based on this, Mejia says he was discharged as a "direct result of [his] opposition to [Coast to Coast's] pay practices."

He is seeking pay for the alleged unpaid overtime, minimum wage for the hours he claims to have worked without pay, along with liquidated damages, court costs and attorney's fees.

Mejia is represented by Robert S. Norell of Plantation, Fla. At press time, Coast to Coast spokesperson Jigna Patel had not responded to requests for comment.

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