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Ex-Benco worker heads national suit over hours

February 16. 2013 3:26PM
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SCRANTON – A former service technician for Benco Dental has filed a federal lawsuit against the company, alleging he and other technicians were required to work in excess of 40 hours per week but were not paid overtime.

Douglas Creed of Clearwater, Kan., filed the suit Friday on behalf of himself and 290 other technicians nationwide that seeks damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the lawsuit, Benco, which is headquartered in Pittston Township, employs technicians to install, repair and maintain dental equipment, computer networks and other associated equipment.

The suit alleges Benco paid the technicians a weekly set rate, regardless of the number of hours they worked. The technicians sometimes worked as many as 60 hours in a week, but were not paid overtime.

In early 2012, Benco changed its policy and began paying overtime to technicians in certain areas, including Kansas City, but it did not implement that policy for all technicians nationwide.

The suit, filed by attorney Rowdy B. Meeks of Kansas City, Mo., asks a judge to declare Benco violated the FLSA and to order it to pay all unpaid overtime due to impacted service technicians.

Officials with Benco could not immediately be reached for comment Friday evening.

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