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ANKENY, Iowa -- Casey's General Stores, operator of more than 1,460 convenience stores, faces a new federal lawsuit by its cooks and cashiers who claimed the company did not pay their overtime, The Associated Press reported.
The c-store chain was already sued by managers who issued similar claims, the report stated.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Des Moines, alleges Casey's wrongfully denied overtime pay and wages to current and former Casey's hourly employees, the AP reported. Approximately 20,000 employees are included in the suit and claims exceed $5 million, according to court documents cited by the AP.
"I was expected to and repeatedly did show up early and stay late for Casey's," former Iowa Casey's employee and plaintiff Connie Wineland said in a statement cited by the AP. "I want to be paid for all of the time I worked at Casey's."
The employees are represented by the Peters Law Firm of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Washington-based Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca; Stephan Zouras, of Chicago; and Hudson Mallaney & Shindler, of Des Moines.
"These are hardworking employees who deserve to be paid for every minute of time they work," attorney Scott Peters told the AP. "Employees should not be expected to 'donate' their time to Casey's."
A telephone message by the AP left for a Casey's spokesman was not immediately returned. The company's attorney, Eli Wirtz, declined comment to the AP.
In early June 2007, CSNews Online reported two former assistant managers for the Casey's convenience chain sued the company for failure to pay them overtime wages.
At that time, the company issued a statement obtained by CSNews Online. It stated: "We understand a lawsuit was filed in Federal Court yesterday by two former employees in which the claim is made that Casey's failed to properly pay overtime compensation to two or more of its assistant managers. Casey's denies this claim and intends to vigorously defend itself with respect to this lawsuit. It is Casey's policy to pay all employees for any and all time worked in accordance with federal, state and local law."