Three former employees of Townsend Tree Service Co., Inc. have filed suit against the company and a subsidiary claiming they were denied proper overtime wages. The plaintiffs allege they were paid at an hourly rate for the first 40 hours they worked each week, but were paid at a “substantially lower rate” for overtime hours. They further claim that 30-minute meal breaks were deducted from their pay each day, but that they were often forced to work during their purported breaks. According to the suit, tree crew members were required to arrive for work 15 minutes early every day, but were not compensated for that preparation time. The suit argues that, as a result, plaintiffs and similarly situated tree crew members are owed unpaid overtime wages.
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