Limo drivers seek overtime pay in lawsuit

Michelle Keahey Apr. 10, 2012, 3:32am


NEW ORLEANS - Two Louisiana limousine chauffeurs have filed a lawsuit against their former employer claiming they were not properly compensated for overtime.

Claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Cathy Wade, Normal Rogers and others similarly situated filed the lawsuit against Limousine Livery Ltd. on March 20 in federal court in New Orleans.

The defendant employed Wade and Rogers as chauffeurs whose job responsibilities included transporting passengers in the defendant's vehicles. Wade was employed from September 2009 until July 2011 and Rogers was employed in this position from June 2010 until December 2011.

The plaintiffs state that they regularly and routinely worked in excess of 40 hours per week. Instead of being paid at the proper overtime rate, they were allegedly paid at their normal rate for those hours worked in excess of 40 per week.

They also argue that they performed work for which they were not compensated, including both "on call" time and work performed prior to the start of their normal work day.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages for overtime compensation, liquidated damages, attorney's fees, court costs and interest.

Wade and Rogers are represented by George B. Recile and Patricia E. Pannell of Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes in Metairie. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00754

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