EAST ST. LOUIS — Non-commercial drivers filed a class-action lawsuit against their employers for allegedly refusing to pay the required minimum wages and overtime compensations.

Yuwsuf Abdul-Ghafoor, Elizabeth Ann Acevedo, Richie Lee Acevedo filed a complaint on Oct. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Professional Transportatin Inc. and Ronald D. Romain, alleging they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, Abdul-Ghafoor, Elizabeth Acevedo and Richie Acevedo claim they were not compensated for all driving and non-driving activities they performed for work. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants implemented a policy of deducting a predetermined amount of time worked from the begin time and the actual end time of the trip and the time rounding policy.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek unpaid minimum wages and overtime compensations due, attorney fees, costs and all other relief the court deems just and equitable. 

They are represented by Terry D. Smith of Law Offices of Terry D. Smith in Wichita, Kansas and Joseph H. Cassell of Eron Law PA in Wichita, Kan.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:17-cv-01105

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