Andrea Dearden May 1, 2013, 7:33am

A former manager of a Madison County convenience store says she was fired for asking to be paid for overtime work.

Ashley Duncan filed a lawsuit against Casey's Retail Company April 25 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Duncan says she began working for Casey's Retail Company in July 2003 and worked as a cashier. According to the complaint, she was promoted as manager of the Beckmeyer store in February 2010 and was assigned to work the Maryville store in the summer of 2011.

Shortly thereafter the area supervisor allegedly required Duncan to work multiple parades in the summer of 2012 which fell outside her normal work hours. Duncan claims she was expected to work those parades but was never compensated for that time.

In July 2012 Duncan says she asked to be paid for hours she accrued while working the parades. The area supervisor allegedly became angry about the request for overtime. Duncan claims she was fired two days after the meeting.

Duncan is suing the company for retaliatory and wrongful discharge, a violation of Illinois' Fair Labor and Standards Act, for allegedly being fired without progressive discipline. She asks for more than $300,000 in damages for lost wages and benefits and court fees.

Attorney Greg Roosevelt of Edwardsville represents Duncan.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 13-L-639

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