Reservation clerks and dispatchers for the St. Louis Metro mass transit system have settled an overtime dispute for $175,000. The money will be split among approximately 100 workers. The St. Louis Metro serves the city and suburbs in Missouri and Illinois.
Clerks and dispatchers for Metro’s Call-A-Ride program allege they were forced to do work off-the-clock, starting their computers before work and finishing customer service calls past their normal quitting time.
The employees’ attorney is slated to be paid a fee of up to one-third of the total: $58,333, plus litigation costs.
Under the agreement, employees are to be paid for an extra six to 15 minutes per day worked as full-time employees. The payment is based on 1.5 times the regular pay of $12 per hour for reservation clerks and $17.80 per hour for dispatchers. Workers are to receive another equal amount as liquidated damages.
Metro denied the allegations as part of the settlement but said it agreed to resolve the case to avoid the “inconvenience and expense” of ongoing litigation. The settlement covers lost wages from August 2007 until the company ended the contested practices last June.