Former Panera employees file class-action overtime suit

Former Panera employees from D.C. and Alabama have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Sunset Hills-based bakery and cafe chain, claiming they were not paid overtime wages they say they were owed when they worked as assistant managers.

The D.C. employee, Alan Meyer, worked for Panera in Tenleytown from April to October 2015. He and Alabama Panera employee David Cornelius filed their suit Nov. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Meyer and Cornelius say they were “unlawfully classified as exempt from overtime protections,” and that they worked more than 40 hours per week without being paid a higher overtime wage for extra time at the St. Louis-based chain.

The suit alleges that Panera has an intentional pattern of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and D.C. wage laws, including by “willfully failing to record all of the time that its employees … have worked,” and “willfully misclassifying plaintiffs and the collective members as exempt from the requirements of FLSA” and others. That means, according to the suit, that Panera is “willfully failing to timely pay its employees … overtime wages and all wages earned for hours that they worked in excess of forty per week.”

Panera was not immediately available for a response.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal


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