A class action lawsuit by more than 600 current and former Fuyao Glass America workers involving the company’s pay and scheduling practices may have been settled, the case’s legal docket indicates.
“This civil consent case came before the court for a telephone status conference with counsel on 10/8/2019,” a recent docket entry in the federal lawsuit states. “Counsel advised the court that the case settled at mediation. A dismissal entry will issue by separate entry.”
A message seeking comment was sent to involved attorneys Monday morning.
By August 2018, Fuyao, one of the Dayton area’s fastest growing manufacturers, was being sued by 636 current and former workers to change the way the company schedules and pays employees.
The case goes back to the original plaintiff, Julia Staggs, who filed the suit in June 2017 in Dayton’s federal court.
Staggs worked at Fuyao from September to December 2016, according to the suit. Staggs alleged that she worked overtime at Fuyao without being paid a time-and-a-half wages for that overtime work. She also claimed that she and others were not completely relieved of duties during what were supposed to be breaks from work.
Plaintiffs’ attorney Bob DeRose said that Fuyao automatically deducts from workers’ payroll for lunch breaks — whether or not employees actually take those breaks.
Some employees work through lunch or they don’t take the entire 30 minutes as an uninterrupted break from work, they claim.“They’re not paying for all the hours worked,” DeRose told the Dayton Daily News in 2018. “We are maintaining this is a company-wide policy.”
Fuyao has more than 2,300 workers in Moraine.
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