Three former employees have filed a proposed collective action against Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.; The American Bottling Company; and one individual owner over alleged wage violations.
The plaintiffs were employed by the defendants as territory sales specialists in New York, where their job duties included selling Snapple products to grocery stores and manual work such as stocking supermarket shelves, cleaning refrigerators, raising brand awareness and carrying boxes of product. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs regularly worked over 40 hours each week and were not paid overtime.
“Throughout the course of their employment, Plaintiffs consistently worked in excess of forty (40) hours per week,” the case states. “However, Plaintiffs were paid a set salary for eighty hours bi-weekly regardless of the number of hours they actually worked.”
Further, the plaintiffs, who each claim they worked at least 50 hours per week without overtime pay, allege they were never fully reimbursed by the defendants for out-of-pocket money spent on gas when using company vehicles. The suit accuses the defendants of violating federal and state labor law by failing to pay the plaintiffs overtime wages, failing to provide accurate wage statements, and failing to provide appropriate notice of pay rates upon hiring the plaintiffs.