Ex-manager files class-action overtime lawsuit against Dunham’s Sports |

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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.