Subaru Sued For Allegedly Denying Overtime Pay To 40+ Customer Service Reps
Subaru of America (SOA) is riding a high with record sales, a new Ascent family hauler that is selling above expectations and a new seventh-generation top-selling 2020 Outback SUV set to launch this summer. But not all things are rosy at the Camden, N.J. automaker. SOA has just been hit with another class-action lawsuit, this one brought on by employees.
The Courier Post has reported that a disgruntled employee who works at the main Subaru offices in Camden, N.J. has filed a lawsuit contending the automaker is not paying overtime to its customer-retailer services representatives. Rodriguez is being represented by Matthew Miller an attorney for Swartz Swidler who are employment lawyers “Fighting for Workers Rights in New Jersey.” The report says Melvin Rodriguez filed the class-action lawsuit on July 2 seeking payment from SOA for alleged extra hours for himself and some Subaru co-workers, as well as legal fees and additional financial damages.
Dominick Infante, Director Corporate Communications, Subaru of America told the Courier Post, “We have always valued our employees as our greatest asset. We take great pride in our long-lasting commitment to rewarding our employees with generous compensation and benefits packages and with several other resources designed to foster a supportive and productive work environment.” Subaru did not have any additional comment on the new lawsuit.
Rodriguez says he worked in that position from Jan. 15 to Oct. 11, 2018, and that he “regularly worked/work more than 40 hours in a workweek,” but was not compensated by Subaru for time-and-a-half overtime pay for the additional hours. The class-action lawsuit contends the potential customer-retailer service representative members are “numerous” and “more than 40.”
Subaru settles another lawsuit
Subaru of America just settled another lawsuit brought on by owners of some Subaru WRX STI performance cars that experienced engine failure in the 2.5-liter Boxer turbo engine. A New Jersey federal judge approved a settlement that included reimbursement for certain out-of-pocket repairs and compensation to those who sold or traded in their vehicles. Subaru agreed to reimburse class members for 100 percent of out-of-pocket expenses they incurred for parts and labor they paid to a Subaru dealer for the cost of a qualifying repair performed during the extended warranty period.
With record sales in the U.S., Subaru of America is riding high and is getting ready to launch their flagship 2020 Subaru Outback SUV later this summer. The lawsuits don’t seem to be hurting sales for now. Check back for updates on this latest Subaru class-action lawsuit.
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