Ex-manager files class-action overtime lawsuit against Dunham’s Sports
A Troy, Mich., sports retailer with at least 14 stores in Western Pennsylvania refuses to pay its assistant store managers overtime even though most of their work is not managerial, a former Mercer County man claims in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court.
Jason D. Vasil of Surprise, Ariz., claims that he regularly worked at least 50 hours a week while living in Sharon and working at the Dunham’s Sports store in Hermitage between July 2012 and April 2014. Most of his work consisted of helping customers and performing manual labor such as restocking shelves and cleaning bathrooms, the lawsuit says.
When Dunham’s Sports opened a store, it would send a team of assistant store managers who would work 12 to 15 hours a day setting up displays and equipment and stocking shelves. Using them allowed the company to avoid the overtime it would have had to pay regular employees to do the work, the lawsuit says.
A company spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment.