Hein Electric Supply, Co. is the defendant in a proposed class action in which the plaintiff claims the company failed to pay branch managers and counter salespeople proper overtime wages.
The complaint states the positions of branch manager and counter salesperson are effectively similar in that they’re both tasked with providing direct assistance to customers. The plaintiff says he was initially hired by Hein in 1980 and then left for a period, only to return to the company as a branch manager in 2003. The man eventually landed in Hein’s central service center warehouse in 2011, the suit says, where he worked until his transfer to yet another service center in November 2013.
According to the complaint, branch managers and counter salespeople are regularly required to put in roughly five hours of overtime each week for no additional compensation other than their salaried pay. The suit further alleges Hein has unlawfully failed to keep any records of the actual hours worked by its branch managers or sales personnel.