Carol Ostrow Jul. 8, 2015, 1:45pm


PHILADELPHIA - A South Carolina employee filed a class action lawsuit against her Pennsylvania-based company doing business in South Carolina and other states, claiming willful employment law infringement in its alleged refusal to pay employees minimum wage and overtime pay from June 2012 to the present.

Norlene A. Leake of Anderson County, S.C, sued LAMI Products Inc. and its owners Michael Dion and Larry Dion, all of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania on June 22, alleging Fair Labor Standards Act violations along with quantum meruit and unjust enrichment.

Leake was hired by the defendant in or around April 2012. Alleging that LAMI made improper deductions of the merchandisers’ recorded hours, the plaintiff states that the suit’s purpose is to recover unpaid minimum wage, unpaid overtime compensation, and time worked “off the clock."

The suit states that the defendants compensated employees hired as merchandisers only for hours spent in stores, allegedly failing to recognize travel time, administrative duties, and other tasks such as scanning, emailing orders, documenting, and boxing and shipping packages.

The plaintiff, individually and on behalf of the putative class, seeks to reclaim monetary, liquidated and treble damages, compensatory back and front pay and benefits, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees, and court costs. She is represented by Jason Brown and Zijian Guan of JTB Law Group in Jersey City, N.J.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case 2:15-cv-03487-LFR.

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