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Former technician sues Xtreme Shine for alleged unfair employment practices

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 27, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A detail technician is suing the owner of an automobile service company for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages and denying him a break to eat.

Craig Pierce filed a complaint on June 14 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Xtreme Shine LLC and Travis A. Williamson, alleging the defendants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Illinois Wage Payment Collection Act (IWPCA) and One Day Rest in Seven Act (ODRISA).

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between July 2016 and Nov. 18, 2016, he was employed as a detail technician at Xtreme Shine. Pierce claims that during his employment, he was not appropriately compensated for the number of hours that he worked. He claims he regularly worked more than 40 hours per week, was denied a meal for the last three months and was discharged from his employment when made complaints regarding unpaid wages. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to pay overtime wages one and one-half times his regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week; failed and refused to provide adequate meal periods on days that he worked more than seven and one-half hours; and failed to keep consistent, accurate and complete time records for the hours worked by plaintiff.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages for retaliatory discharge in amount to exceed $50,000, costs, expenses, attorneys' fees, pre and post-judgment interest, punitive damages, and such other relief as the court deems just and proper. 

He is represented by Laura E. Schrick of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-319

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