A man is suing a Bucks County-based Fleetwash Inc. for unpaid wages, overtime compensation and, according to the lawsuit, a racially hostile environment that permitted supervisory employees to harass him without recourse.
Enrique Perez filed a lawsuit July 24 in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Fleetwash Inc. citing violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act of 1968 as well as working in a hostile work environment.
According to the complaint, in or about September 2008, Perez was hired as an assistant office manager/customer relations representative at the defendant's Bensalem location. In October 2013, Fleetwash informed him that he would be paid on a salary basis and, according to the claim, would not be eligible for overtime compensation. The claim states Perez routinely worked more than 70 hours per week.
The complaint also states that Perez's supervisor, Garry Wengwert Jr., frequently made racial slurs toward him and non-English speaking customers.
He is seeking an award in the amount of unpaid compensation, an award of liquated damages in an amount equal to 25 percent of the total amount of wages due pursuant to the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.
There was no attorney listed in the court document.
U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:15-cv-04094-LDD