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The lawsuit also charged that during the Thanksgiving 2016 holiday weekend, Fuyao “promised” to pay Staggs and about 100 other employees time-and-one-half wages for all hours worked that weekend, as an enticement to get those employees to work extra hours.
Instead, the employees received $50 gift cards, the suit claimed.
In February, a federal judge granted class-action status to group of plaintiffs gathering behind the lawsuit.
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DeRose said that to his knowledge, Fuyao has done nothing to discourage current workers from being involved.
“The company hasn’t done anything negative to our knowledge but they haven’t assisted us,” DeRose said. “An average response rate (to class-action suits) is between 10-15 percent, and we are at 13.7 percent, with a couple of weeks remaining, so we are happy. I would love to see 20 percent.”
He added: “The response has been steady, the natural flow is that it is at its highest at the beginning and toward the end.”
Attorneys representing Fuyao did not respond to a message seeking comment.
Fuyao has about 2,300 workers at its plant off West Stroop Road and Ohio 741.