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Lawsuit is Filed Against TitleMax of Georgia for Failure to Pay Overtime Wages

Barrett & Farahany filed a Complaint for Damages suit on January 6, 2014, against the TitleMax of Georgia, Inc. in the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division Court for failure to pay federally mandated overtime wages to their client at one-half times the regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of (40) hours.

From May to December 5, 2013, their client was employed by TitleMax as a “store manager” in one of the Norcross, Georgia stores. During this period, their client was paid on an hourly basis and entitled to overtime compensation for hours he worked in excess of (40) in given workweeks but was never paid the overtime wage differential.

Their client’s supervisor accessed the Kronos timekeeping system and reduced their client’s personally recorded work hours to avoid paying overtime compensation for hours he worked in excess of (40) in workweeks.  His supervisor also required him to work off the clock to avoid the payment of overtime compensation.

TitleMax’s willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) when they failed to accurately report, record  and/or  preserve  their client’s time reporting records; failed to make, keep and preserve adequate employee records to determine their wages and hours; and did not pay overtime compensation – all in violation of the FLSA.

Their client is entitled to overtime pay for the hours he worked over (40) in given workweeks. And as a result of TitleMax’s unlawful practices, their client has suffered lost wages and is entitled to recover the unpaid  overtime wage  differential,  liquidated  damages  in  an  equal  amount  to unpaid overtime, attorneys’ fees, and the costs of this litigation incurred in connection with these claims.

 

PDF of Complaint

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA ATLANTA DIVISION

CARLOS LOPEZ

Plaintiff, v.

 TITLEMAX OF GEORGIA, INC.

Defendant.

Civil Action No.

JURY TRIAL DEMANDED

COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES

COMES NOW, Plaintiff Carlos Lopez (“Plaintiff” or “Lopez”), through undersigned counsel, and files this lawsuit against Defendant TitleMax of Georgia, Inc. (“Defendant” or “TitleMax”), and for his Complaint shows the following:

I.       Nature of Complaint

1.  Plaintiff brings this action to obtain full and complete relief and to redress the unlawful employment practices described herein.

2.  This  action  seeks  declaratory  relief,  along  with  liquidated  and  actual damages,  attorney’s  fees  and  costs  for  Defendant’s  failure  to  pay  federally mandated overtime wages to Plaintiff in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, 29 U.S.C. §201 et seq. (hereinafter the “FLSA”).

II.      Jurisdiction and Venue

 

3.  The jurisdiction of this Court is invoked pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 216(b) and 28 U.S.C. § 1331.

4.   Defendant is a Georgia corporation and resides in this district. Defendant does business in and is engaged in commerce in the State of Georgia. Venue is proper in this district pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 1391(b) because Defendant resides in this district and a substantial part of the events and omissions that give rise to Plaintiff’s claims occurred in this district.

III.    Parties and Facts

 

5.   From May to December 5, 2013, Plaintiff was employed by Defendant as a “store  manager”  working  in  one  of  Defendant’s  stores  in  Norcross,  Georgia. During this period, Defendant treated Plaintiff as non-exempt from the overtime requirements of the FLSA.

6.  From May to December 5, 2013, while employed by Defendant as a store manager, Plaintiff was paid on an hourly basis and entitled to overtime compensation for hours he worked in excess of (40) in given workweeks.

7.    Plaintiff was an “employee” of Defendant, as that term has been defined by the FLSA, 29 U.S.C.S. § 201 et seq., 29 U.S.C. § 203(e).

8.   During the period of May to December 5, 2013, while employed by Defendant as a store manager, Plaintiff worked an amount of time that was more than forty (40) hours in given workweeks and was not paid the overtime wage differential for all hours worked over (40) in such weeks.

9.   At times during the period of May – December 2013, Plaintiff’s supervisor, TitleMax General Manager Sam Awayame, entered Defendant’s Kronos timekeeping system and changed Plaintiff’s personally recorded work hours downward to avoid the payment of overtime compensation to Lopez for hours he worked in excess of (40) in workweeks.During the period of May – December 2013, Lopez’ supervisor also required Plaintiff to work off the clock to avoid the payment of overtime compensation to Lopez for hours he worked in excess of (40) in workweeks.

11.   Defendant is a private employer engaged in interstate commerce, and its gross revenues exceed $500,000 per year.

12.   During  the  period  of  May  –  December  2013,  Defendant  suffered  or permitted Plaintiff to work in excess of 40 hours in given workweeks without receiving overtime compensation.

13.   During the period of May – December 2013, Defendant maintained a policy of requiring Plaintiff to work off the clock.

14.   Defendant is an “employer” within the definition of the FLSA, 29 U.S.C.   §203(d).

15.  Defendant is governed by and subject to the FLSA, 29 U.S.C. §204 and §207.

16.   From May – December 2013, Defendant failed to keep accurate time records for all hours worked by Plaintiff.

17.   Plaintiff is entitled to overtime pay for the hours he worked over (40) in given workweeks. Defendant’s practices violate the provisions of the FLSA, 29  U.S.C. § 201, et seq. including but not limited to 29 U.S.C. § 207. As a result of Defendant’s unlawful practices, Plaintiff has suffered lost wages.

 Count I   Violation of the Overtime Wage Requirement of the Fair Labor Standards Act

 

18.   Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges each and every allegation contained in the preceding paragraphs of this Complaint with the same force and effect as if set forth herein.

19.  Defendant has violated the FLSA, 29 U.S.C. § 201, et seq. including but not limited to 29 U.S.C. § 207, by failing to pay overtime wages for hours Plaintiff worked in excess of (40) hours in given workweeks.

20.   The FLSA, 29 U.S.C. § 207, requires employers to pay employees one and one-half times the regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of (40) hours in a workweek.

21.   Defendant suffered or permitted Plaintiff to routinely work more than (40) hours per week without overtime compensation.

22.   Defendant’s actions, policies and/or practices as described above violate the FLSA’s overtime requirement by regularly and repeatedly failing to compensate Plaintiff at the required overtime rate.

23.   Defendant knew, or showed reckless disregard for the fact that Defendant failed to pay Plaintiff overtime compensation in violation of the FLSA.

24.  Defendant  failed  to  accurately  report,  record  and/or  preserve  records  of hours worked by Plaintiff, and thus has failed to make, keep and preserve records with respect to each of their employees sufficient to determine their wages, hours and other conditions and practices of employment, in violation of the FLSA.

25.   Defendant’s violations of the FLSA were willful and in bad faith.

26.   Pursuant to the FLSA, 29 U.S.C. § 216, Plaintiff is entitled to recover the unpaid  overtime  wage  differential,  liquidated  damages  in  an  equal  amount  to unpaid overtime, attorneys’ fees, and the costs of this litigation incurred in connection with these claims.

Prayer for Relief

 

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests that this Court:

(A)          Grant Plaintiff a trial by jury as to all triable issues of fact;

(B)     Enter  judgment  against  Defendant  and  awarding  Plaintiff  unpaid wages pursuant to the FLSA, 29 U.S.C. §§ 206(d), 207, and 216, liquidated damages as provided by 29 U.S.C. § 216, pre-judgment interest  on  unpaid  wages,  court  costs,  expert  witness  fees,  and reasonable attorneys’ fees pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 216, and all other remedies allowed under the FLSA; and,

(C)     Grant declaratory judgment declaring that Plaintiff’s rights have been violated;

(D)    Grant Plaintiff leave to add additional state law claims if necessary; and

(E)     Award Plaintiff such further and additional relief as may be just and appropriate.

This 6th day of January, 2014.

 

 

 

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