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Three ex-employees of Events DC are suing the District’s sports and convention authority for allegedly misclassifying them as “managers” and neglecting to pay them overtime.
The civil suit, filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for D.C., states that Wayne Coffen, Terra Gantt, and Andrea Massengile worked as “event managers” (a “senior event manger” in the latter’s case), having been hired in 2008, 2011, and 2014, respectively. Each “voluntarily left” Events DC at separate points earlier this year, according to the suit. They worked more than 40 hours a week, but weren’t given time-and-a-half pay as “exempt” staff, the complaint says. The trio are suing for compensatory damages in addition to attorney’s fees. (City Desk has reached out to their lawyer and will update this post if we get comment.)
“[The] plaintiffs’ primary job duties consisted of purely non-managerial, perfunctory tasks such as drafting correspondence in response to client inquiries, placing and returning phone calls, and securing room space at the Washington Convention Center for Events DC clients,” the lawsuit alleges. “[Their] primary job duties did not meet the executive, administrative, professional or other exemptions under the Federal Labor Standards Act or the District of Columbia Wage Payment and Collection Law. Despite working in excess of 40 hours every week, [they] were directed by their supervisor…to document only 40 hours of actual time on their submitted time sheets.”
The complaint goes on to note that Events DC also allegedly failed provide the plaintiffs “comp-time” they were owed for working more than 40 hours a week under the authority’s policies.
In a statement, Events DC says: “While we have not been formally served and do not comment on legal matters, we take all personnel matters quite seriously, for present and past employees. We will investigate and respond proactively and accordingly.”