Suit against Amtrak alleges missing wages

Oct. 13, 2008 at 12:49 PM

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The Amtrak railway company has failed to pay its agents at a center in Riverside, Calif., for all their work hours, a federal lawsuit alleges.

The U.S. District Court lawsuit filed on behalf of Riverside Call Center reservation agent Dan W. Thomas alleges the nationwide railway failed to pay the plaintiff and other center agents for additional time spent on the job, The (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise said Monday.

"Throughout his employment with Amtrak, plaintiff worked time off the clock pre-shift, post-shift, and during time set aside for meal breaks," the lawsuit alleges.

While Thomas's suit alleges Amtrak violated California's labor and business and professions code, the railway company has denied such allegations and claimed to be not liable under the current law.

The Press-Enterprise said the lawsuit, which was filed in March 2007 and is seeking more than $5 million in damages, will be heard by U.S. District Judge Stephen G. Larson.

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