Our experience overtime lawyers filed a Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against Midas franchisee, Auto Systems Centers, Inc. (“Midas”), for failing to compensate its hourly, automotive technicians for pre-shift work, post-shift work, and interrupted meal breaks.
On October 27, 2021, the law firm of Coffman Legal, LLC filed a Collective and Class Action Complaint against Defendant Auto Systems Centers, Inc., d/b/a Midas (“Midas”) on behalf of hourly automotive technicians for the alleged failure of Midas to compensate its hourly employees for all overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”).
Midas is an automotive service chain with over 100 service centers in the State of Ohio and elsewhere in the United States where it employed Plaintiff and other hourly technicians.
The Complaint alleges that Midas requires its technicians to arrive at the service centers prior to the start of their scheduled shift to engage in pre-shift job duties. The Complaint also alleges that Midas technicians regularly did not take full, uninterrupted meal breaks, but that Midas’s managers would manually clock the technicians out of work for a meal break they did not take or was interrupted with job duties. Lastly, the Complaint alleges that Midas’s managers manually clocked technicians out of work at the end of their scheduled shift even though the technicians were still engaged in job duties and continued to perform post-shift work such as cleaning up the shop, putting equipment away, and closing down the shop.
The FLSA requires an employer to pay employees for their work, including pre-shift and post-shift work. Further, if an employer requires its employees to take an unpaid meal break, then it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure 1) the employee is completely relieved from their job duties so they can solely eat a meal, and 2) the meal break is of a certain length, generally 30 minutes or more, unless there are special conditions.
The Complaint alleges these job duties were integral and indispensable to the technicians’ primary job activities, and as such, they should have been compensated for the time spent performing this work. In addition, the Complaint alleges these technicians did not receive a bona fide meal break because they were not completely relieved from their job duties.
This lawsuit provides an example of how an employer can underpay its employees in violation of the FLSA. This unpaid time often times results in unpaid overtime which adds up over time. The FLSA sets forth the minimum compensation employees must be paid, and non-exempt hourly employees are entitled to receive full and proper compensation under the FLSA.
The lawsuit seeks unpaid overtime wages since October 27, 2018, liquidated damages in an amount equal to the unpaid overtime, attorney’s fees, and costs, among other things.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division (Columbus) and is titled Stephens v. Auto Systems Centers, Inc. d/b/a Midas; Case No. 2:21-cv-5131.
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