Quintilone & Associates has filed a class action where Plaintiff Israel Andrews (“Plaintiff”) seeks reimbursement for expenses incurred while working as a Sale Associate for Stoneledge Furniture LLC. Stoneledge sells furniture under the Ashley Furniture brand of stores throughout California. Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. is the sole member of Stoneledge Furniture LLC, the Limited Liability Company that employed Plaintiff and the other class members. (“Stoneledge” “Ashley Furniture” or “Defendants”). Please see https://www.ashleyfurniturehomestore.com/
Plaintiff worked for Defendants as a sales associate from October 20, 2015 through October 8, 2016. Similar to the other aggrieved and similarly situated sales associates, Plaintiff was a non-exempt employee in the state of California who was required by to use his personal cell phone to make both customer loyalty calls and general sales calls, and to send text messages, as part of his daily job duty requirements for Defendants. He was compelled to use his personal cell phone for business purposes due to the demands placed upon him to meet certain sales performance expectations, or “minimum sales requirements,” that Defendants mandated for all of its sales force.
This action was filed in the San Bernardino Superior Court on April 14, 2017 and assigned case number CIVDS 1706865 and is currently pending before the Hon. David Cohn. Plaintiff’s Complaint asserts the following causes of action:
- Failure to reimburse employees for required expenses;
- Violations of the California Unfair competition law; and
- Penalties pursuant to the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”).
Investigation and Counsel Involved
In furtherance of our investigation efforts, we are looking to interview other employees who experienced similar mistreatment or former employees or former assistant managers who have information regarding this conduct. If you would like a copy of the Complaint or have any questions regarding this case please contact:
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