Employees claim pawn shop failed to pay overtime

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 22, 2010, 3:40am

GALVESTON - Charles Foley and Darien Goddard claim Easy Cash Pawn & Jewelry did not properly pay them for working overtime, recent court documents say.

Foley and Goddard's suit against the business and several key individuals argues that the plaintiffs, who worked as assistant store managers for Easy Cash, did not receive compensation for working in excess of 40 hours per week.

The suit was filed Sept. 2 in the Galveston Division of the Southern Division of Texas.

Foley was an Easy Cash employee from October 2003 to July, while Goddard has worked for the defendant since April 2007.

According to the complainants, Easy Cash's failure to pay them overtime wages is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

"As a result, the plaintiffs were regularly "shorted" on their paychecks by not being paid at a rate of time and one-half for hours worked in the excess of 40," the original petition says.

"The defendants knowingly, willingly, and with reckless disregard, carried out their illegal pattern and practice of failing to pay the plaintiffs proper overtime wages."

Foley and Goddard, who filed the suit as a collective action complaint on behalf of similarly affected colleagues, additionally allege that Easy Cash did not keep accurate records of time worked.

They demand a jury trial.

Moore & Associates is representing the plaintiffs, and U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt is presiding over the case.

Case No. 3:10-cv-00336

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