Class action targets Homeland Security Co. over wage dispute

Kelly Holleran Mar. 24, 2011, 3:00am


A Fairview Heights man has filed a class action claim against his employer after allegedly not being paid bonus money.

Donald Woodward, on behalf of other employees, filed a lawsuit March 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Doctor R. Crants and Homeland Security Company LLC.

According to the complaint, Woodward worked for Homeland Security Company in 2008. In October of that year, Woodward says he -- and perhaps hundreds of other coworkers -- were promised to be paid a bonus of $2 per qualifying hour. However, Woodward claims that money was never paid, despite repeated requests.

The class accuses the Tennessee-based company of breach of contract, fraud and violations of Illinois' Wage Payment and Collection Act. They ask for more than $200,000 in damages, including court costs.

Attorney Jeffrey A.J. Millar of St. Charles, Mo. is representing Woodward.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case No. 11-L-0106

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