BELLEVILLE — A marketing employee is suing a residential senior living center for allegedly failing to compensate her for overtime hours.

Portia Oberkfell filed a complaint on June 21 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Garden Place, LLC, alleging the defendant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between June 23, 2015 and Oct. 4, 2016, during the course of her employment with the defendant, she was regularly permitted, encouraged, and required to work extra hours each week. 

However, she claims she was not paid overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. 

As a result, Oberkfell claims she has been damaged due to loss of wages pursuant to the FLSA.

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to comply with the FLSA by failing to make, keep, and preserve records of hours worked by the plaintiff, failed to pay her the agreed wages as required by the parties' oral contract and failed to pay for the full amount of earned unused vacation time after she was no longer employed.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages in excess of $50,000 in compensation for her unpaid hourly compensation due and for her earned unused vacation time due, and for such further relief as the court deems just and proper. 

She is represented by Clay B. St. Clair, Anthony P. Gilbreth and Natalie Sager Steppig of Crowder & Scoggins, LTD.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-329

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