Man brings employer to court to collect unpaid wages

Kasey Schefflin-Emrich Jul. 20, 2015, 9:36am


A man has brought charges against a Mississippi-based corporation for allegedly violating employment law.

Naum Kaplan of Monroeville filed a lawsuit June 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against American Speciality Alloys Inc. and its CEO Roger Boggs, citing violation of the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.

According to the complaint, Kaplan was employed by the defendants as vice president of technology in December 2014 and began working in the position the following month. The suit states that while the employee handbook explained that the pay period for employees was the 15th and 30th of each month, Kaplan was told he would be paid once a month on the last work day of each month.

Despite performing his duties as an employee and being given numerous written and oral promises that he would be paid, Kaplan alleges he has not received any wages, reimbursement for work-related expenses or compensation for unused employee benefits.

Citing the Wage Law, which requires employers to pay their employers, the lawsuit says the failure of ASA to pay Kaplan is inexcusable and was an intention act to obtain his services at no cost.

Kaplan seeks the principal amount of $167,426.83, plus liquidated damages, suit costs, attorney fees and other relief deemed appropriate by the court.

The plaintiff is being represented by attorney Julian Neiser of Cook & Associates in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:15-cv-00831-LPL.

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