Panera Bread Company
Unpaid Wage and Overtime Claims Attorneys
Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania
We are currently investigating allegations of unpaid overtime to employees, specifically AC (air conditioner) maintenance technicians of Covelli Enterprises d/b/a Panera Bread Company, who were/have been misclassified as exempt from being paid overtime and who regularly were required to work in excess of 40 hours per week without being paid overtime.
A collective action complaint against Covelli Enterprises and its related subsidiaries has been filed in federal court in Florida. The lawsuit seeks to recover all unpaid wages, overtime, liquidated damages, attorney's fees and other recoverable costs. To read a copy of our collective action complaint, click here.
Wage Claims Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Lawyers Unpaid Wages for Overtime Florida – St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Tampa, Hillsborough County, The Villages, Ocala, Gainesville, Orlando, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Spring Hill, Melbourne, Kissimmee, Volusia County Ohio - Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, Pennsylvania - Erie, Pittsburgh, Altoona/Johnstown West Virginia - Charleston, Morgantown Kentucky
Our investigation, prompted by complaints of employees, has uncovered unjust and inequitable payroll systems by Covelli Enterprises with respect to its employees working at Panera Bread Company. What we believe has been uncovered is a pattern of underpayment to the employees of Covelli Enterprises doing business as Panera Bread Company. These folks have repeatedly been working over 40 hours per week and have uniformly not been compensated at time and half as is required under Federal Law, pursuant to FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act).
By way of reference the United States Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division defines the FLSA, in relevant part, See http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/, as follows:
“The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.
Covered nonexempt employees must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per workweek (any fixed and regularly recurring period of 168 hours — seven consecutive 24-hour periods) at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay. There is no limit on the number of hours employees 16 years or older may work in any workweek. The FLSA does not require overtime pay for work on weekends, holidays, or regular days of rest, unless overtime is worked on such days.”
Based of the foregoing, the law offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC created this notice so that any other employees, past or present, would be made of aware that the fluctuating pay check they were led to believe was just “business as usual” was actually illegal, actionable and eligible for back wages and compensation.
If you or a loved one is employed by or used to be employed by Covelli Enterprises doing business as Panera Bread Company, contact us immediately to discuss your legal rights. Do not Delay! 1-866-608-5529.