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Detroit Teamsters Sue Frito-Lay

Detroit Teamsters Sue Frito-Lay

February 7, 2003

Frito-Lay is trying to shortchange Teamsters on overtime pay, and Local 337 in Detroit, Michigan is fighting back. The local has filed a lawsuit in the Wayne County Circuit Court demanding that Frito-Lay follow Michigan’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding workers’ overtime pay.

The company asserts that the Teamster members are sales-exempt employees and are not eligible for standard overtime. Frito-Lay is instead paying variable overtime pay.

“When you get right down to it, in hours to dollars earnings, Frito-Lay’s variable rate overtime pay amounts to half-time pay for overtime,” said Mike Martin, Local 337 Business Agent. “We believe this policy is wrong and must be changed, and we are seeking relief through the Circuit Court. We want Frito-Lay to properly compensate members for their work and to stop shortchanging them on their overtime pay.”

New Jersey Teamsters have already won a similar lawsuit against Pepsi.

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