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Bellevue factories face pay lawsuit

Melissa Topey • Oct 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

A Bellevue factory failed to pay employees for some hours they worked, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

Sonia Filby and Amy Edwards, represented by Murray and Murray, filed the lawsuit in July against Windsor Mold, which operates both Precision Automotive Plastics at 122 Hirt Drive and Autoplas at 560 Goodrich Road.

An attorney for the company denied the allegations.

Both women, while employed at Precision Automotive as plant operators, were required to attend a 20-minute meeting before each day’s shift. They allege they were never paid for that time, which the lawsuit contends is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Murray and Murray seeks to get the lawsuit classified as a class action lawsuit so anyone who worked at the plants could join.

“All press operators are not being paid for the pre-shift meeting,” said Leslie Murray, an attorney with the Sandusky firm.

That adds up to an hour and 40 minutes in a five-day work week or two hours in a six-day work week for each machine operator.

Murray said the employees should be able to get back pay for up to three years. There are about 140 operators at each plant, she said, who earn about $10 to $13 an hour. The pre-shift meeting pay would be paid at overtime rate of time and a half, she said.

The firm has copies of time shift schedules and pay stubs that show the employees are not being paid for the meetings, Murray said.

“It is very clear in the law that they are not allowed to do this,” Murray said.

Windsor Mold denies the allegations and said employees are paid for the time they work.

“Every company gets hit with a lawsuit,” said Sara Hutchins Jodka of the Columbus-based law firm Porter, Wright, Morris & Authur, which is representing Windsor Mold. “At the end of the day it is for the judge to decide.”

Judge Jeffrey Helmick of the Northern District of Ohio is presiding over the case.

If Helmick decides Windsor Mold violated the Fair Labor Standards Act the company will remedy the problem.

“The company is a great company and will do the right thing by its employees,” Jodka said.

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