TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Lawyers from the law firm Lax O'Sullivan
Scott Lisus LLP today announced a class action lawsuit against Canada
Cartage Diversified GP Inc., Direct General Partner Corporation, and
Canada Cartage System, Limited (collectively "Canada Cartage")
regarding unpaid overtime.
Canada Cartage, with headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, engages in
the business of dedicated trucking, warehousing, distribution, and
logistics services across Canada. Direct Distribution Centres is the
warehousing division of Canada Cartage, with locations across Canada.
The proposed representative plaintiff, Marc-Oliver Baroch, worked as a
shunter at a Canada Cartage location in Mississauga, Ontario for
approximately seven years. Mr. Baroch brings this action on his own
behalf as well as on behalf of all individuals who, at any time since
March 1, 2006, were employed by Canada Cartage or its related companies
and who were entitled to receive overtime compensation pursuant to the Canada Labour Code and its regulations.
The Statement of Claim alleges that Canada Cartage regularly required or
permitted some or all of its former and current employees to work hours
in excess of their standard hours of work in order to complete the
common duties of their employment. However, according to the lawsuit,
Canada Cartage did not properly compensate these employees for
overtime, notwithstanding its obligations to do so.
The Statement of Claim further alleges that in or about July 2012,
Canada Cartage improperly and unilaterally reduced class members' rates
of pay without reasonable notice in order to make it appear as though
class members were being appropriately paid overtime. In fact,
according to the Claim, Canada Cartage manipulated class members' rates
of pay such that their gross weekly earnings remained unchanged.
"This case seeks to pull back the curtain to reveal the long-standing
and systemic practice by Canada Cartage of not fully compensating its
employees for overtime," said Eric R. Hoaken, a partner at Lax
O'Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP. "The essence of the claim is that Canada
Cartage did not meet its obligations to the class members and actively
sought to mislead them about their entitlement to overtime. These
practices must stop."
Additional information about this case is available at www.canadacartageclassaction.com.
SOURCE: Lax O'Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP
For further information:
Eric R. Hoaken
Tel: (416) 645-5075