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Thursday, August 20, 2009

UPS sued for back wages by Calif. employee

By Rachel Tobin Ramos

She claims UPS didn’t pay her for regularly working 10 to 20 hours per week overtime. Meza makes a salary of $51,000 annually.

Her lawyer, Steven L. Wittels, said she works in sales but does not manage people. He said her job was classified as managerial to avoid overtime pay requirements. “That’s how companies in this day and age try to evade their responsibilities under the wage and hour laws,” he said.

Wittels thinks the potential class includes about 5,000 account managers. Meza is the only plaintiff so far, he said.

UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg said she couldn’t comment on the suit but added, “We value the account managers in our sales organization. There is a defined sales compensation structure. We believe they are [properly] classified as exempt and not subject to overtime.”

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