Mattress Firm Sued in Employee Overtime Class Action

Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq. | Associate Counsel

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On December 12, 2017, proposed class claims were filed in Massachusetts federal court against retailer Mattress Firm Inc. (“Mattress”), by sales employees alleging that the sleep store did not pay its employees proper overtime compensation.

Named plaintiffs, Mack Perez-Tejada, Roger Ricks II, Roy McElroy, Ashraf Meshriky, and Ezenwa Onukwue, filed the complaint against Mattress as well as the company’s president and director, Kenneth E. Murphy, and its treasurer, Jim Black. Plaintiffs argue that defendants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Massachusetts Wage Act when the it routinely scheduled sales associates to work more than 40 hours per week without proper overtime compensation.

According to court documents, plaintiffs are seeking to represent a nationwide class of sales associates employed by Mattress from 2014 to present, who were denied proper overtime compensation under the FLSA. The suit also seeks to create a Massachusetts subclass under the Massachusetts Wage Act.

The case is: Perez-Tejada et al v. Mattress Firm Inc. et al , Case No.: 1:17-cv-12448, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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