Charter Foods Sued for Failing to Pay Overtime to Assistant Managers
Together with co-counsel, Conway Legal today filed suit in federal district court in Pittsburgh, PA, on behalf of a former “Assistant Manager” who was not paid overtime compensation for working more than 40 hours in a workweek. The lawsuit alleges that Assistant Managers in more than 50 “Taco Bell” restaurants in the south and northeast routinely work more than 40 hours a week in order to perform their job duties, yet are denied overtime compensation despite performing work that is substantially similar to those that are entitled to receive overtime. A copy of the legal paperwork describing the claims can be found here.
The lawsuit alleges that Assistant Managers spent the majority of their time serving customers, preparing food, working the drive-thru, counting inventory, unloading trucks, and cleaning the restaurant. It alleges that Charter Foods and Charter Central – as owners and operators of the franchised locations – has a policy, pattern, and/or practice of misclassifying Assistant Managers as exempt from overtime. It seeks to recover all unpaid overtime owed to Assistant Managers who worked for Charter between January 1, 2017 and the present.
On September 14, 2020, the Plaintiff asked the Court for permission to send a notice to all other Assistant Managers employed by Charter to make them aware of the lawsuit and to give them an opportunity to join. We expect a decision will be issued in the coming months. If you are a current or former Assistant Manager at Charter and would like more information about the lawsuit, please call Conway Legal at (215) 278-4782.