(SANDUSKY, Ohio) – Attorneys at the law firm Murray & Murray Co., L.P.A. recently filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Windsor Mold, USA, Inc. (Windsor Mold), seeking unpaid wages on behalf of plant operators of Windsor Mold’s Bellevue, Ohio facilities: Precision Automotive Plastics and Auto Plas.
Windsor Mold is owned by the Windsor Mold Group of Canada. Windsor Mold manufactures plastic molding parts used in the automotive industry and employs workers known as “plant operators,” who assemble parts and operate equipment, such as presses and mold injection machinery. Windsor Mold employs approximately 200 such workers at its Bellevue plants.
The class action seeks to represent a class comprising:
All persons employed as plant operators by Windsor Mold at the “Precision Automotive Plastics” and “Autoplas” plants in the three years prior to the filing of this complaint to find judgment.
The action alleges that the plant operators are owed unpaid overtime and wages earned by the operator’s attending mandatory pre-shift meetings for which they were not compensated from three years ago to the present. Specifically, the suit claims that under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and Ohio law, the meetings must be counted towards the employee’s accumulation of time worked and thus compensated at their regular pay rate and at the overtime pay rate if the employee worked over 40 hours in the pay period because attendance was required. The case was filed by Murray & Murray partners, John T. Murray, Leslie O. Murray, and Florence J. Murray, and associate Michael J. Stewart
The pre-shift meetings at issue begin twenty minutes before a shift is scheduled to take over operation of a plant, attendance is mandatory, and employees must be on-time. Employees who arrive even a few minutes late are subject to disciplinary action, up to, and including termination. Yet, plant operators are specifically instructed not to include the twenty minutes spent in the pre-shift meeting on the sign-in sheet on which they calculate their wages. Consequently, plant operators are being routinely and regularly shorted for twenty minutes of pay for each shift worked. Worse yet, those whom the unpaid twenty minutes causes their workweek to exceed forty hours, are being deprived of overtime pay at one and one half times their base rate, as required by the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act).
The action seeks such unpaid wages owed to the class of employees, a declaratory judgment that the meetings are compensable time, and an injunction to prevent future deprivation of wages for the required meetings. This case reflects Murray & Murray’s ongoing mission to pursue relief for injustices inflicted on people in positions of unequal bargaining power.
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