Managers File Class Action Lawsuit Against Motel 6AP , Associated Press
Mar. 12, 1996 5:44 PM ET
NASHVILLE, TENN. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ More than 500 assistant managers of the Motel 6 chain have filed a class action lawsuit alleging the French-owned company failed to pay them for overtime.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claims Motel 6 routinely hired elderly couples as management teams, required them to live at the motel and asked them to remain on call 24 hours a day to back up its ``leave the light on'' advertising slogan.
Of the two-person team, one was named a manager and paid a salary, the lawsuit stated. The other person was named an assistant manager and paid an hourly rate, usually about minimum wage. Both performed the same duties, according to the lawsuit.
The assistant managers claim they almost always worked more than 40 hours a week, yet they were told by the company to falsify their time cards to reflect no overtime.
Michael J. Pasino, an attorney representing the employees, said the total amount of unpaid overtime wages was still being determined.
The lawsuit gained momentum after a Nashville couple filed a complaint a few years ago against the chain. They contended Motel 6 violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires companies to pay their employees time and a half for hours worked in excess of 40 per week.
Since then, 512 more assistant managers nationwide joined the lawsuit, which was filed Monday.
Motel 6 officials declined comment Tuesday, but they have denied the charges in court documents.