Safelite Solutions Employees Motion for Conditional Class Certification in Overtime Suit; Pre-Trial Conference Set for December 8
October 18, 2010

Two former Safelite Solutions employees and one current CSR who recently filed a suit against the company alleging that the company failed to compensate them with overtime pay when they worked more than 40 hours per week have filed a motion for “conditional class certification” in the case. In addition, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has set a date of December 8 for a preliminary pretrial conference.

The former CSRs who filed the suit, Patrick W. Heaps and Richard Ruppert and current CSR Joshua Pursley allege that the company has failed to compensate them with overtime pay when they have worked more than 40 hours per week, and that Safelite Solutions requires its CSRs to start their shifts each day by booting up their computer systems, but then omit the time it takes the CSR to boot up the system from its calculation of the hours the CSRs have worked each week.

“Plaintiffs’ complaint is based on how Safelite uniformly treated the customer service representatives position within its workforce,” write the plaintiffs. “In its call center, Safelite implemented the common business practice of having its hundreds of customer service representatives boot up its computers at the start of each shift and omitting from their weekly hours the time spent in completing the boot-up process.”

They’re also requesting that the court expedite discovery so that other members of the purported class can be notified of the suit.

Safelite filed a response last week denying each of the employees' allegations regarding this claim.

Safelite Solutions has requested that the case be dismissed. The company is represented by Daniel J. Clark of Vorys Sater, Seymore and Pease LLP in Columbus, Ohio.

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