NEW ORLEANS - A Jefferson Parish woman is suing a grocery store chain over claims it did not pay her overtime.
Kathy Chaves, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class-action lawsuit March 7 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Winn-Dixie Stores, alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The suit states that during the time Chaves and others in the class worked in Winn-Dixie's supermarket operations as mid-level managers, they routinely worked more than 40 hours per week.
The suit alleges Chaves and others did not receive an overtime premium for hours worked over 40 hours per week, as the defendant allegedly misclassified them as exempt employees.
Chaves and others in the class seek to recover unpaid wages, liquidated damages, interest, attorney fees and costs. They are represented by attorneys George B. Recile, Patricia E. Pannell, Preston L. Hayes and Matthew A. Sherman of Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Murray, Recile, Stakelum & Hayes in Metairie.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-CV-01933-JCZ-DEK