Sunoco Inc. Agrees To Pay $675,000.00 To Settle FLSA Action


Egan Young, Attorneys-at-Law, is pleased to announce final approval of a $675,000.00 dollar settlement with Sunoco, Inc. to resolve a collective action lawsuit brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) on behalf of 488 current and/or former unionized operations and laboratory workers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Ripley, et. al. v. Sunoco, Inc, 2:10-cv-01194, E.D.Pa.).

In February 2010, Plaintiffs, members of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 10-1, asserted that Sunoco, Inc. violated the FLSA and analogous Pennsylvania state laws by failing to pay operations and laboratory workers for pre and post shift work time, including required “shift relief” — a process unique to refinery workers who routinely work 12-hour shifts.

The agreement resolves all wage claims asserted in the lawsuit.  In addition, Sunoco agreed to change certain operational policies such that class members will also receive additional future compensation for engaging in the required “shift relief”.

Eric L. Young, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, commented, “Sunoco refinery workers labor tirelessly in a difficult and dangerous work environment.  They deserve to be paid for all of the time spent at work.  We are honored to have been successful in obtaining additional wages for these dedicated workers.”   Mr. Young was assisted by EY attorneys Gerard P. Egan and Brandon J. Lauria.

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For more information about this settlement, please contact Eric L. Young, Esquire at 1-800-590-4116 or  Egan Young, a Philadelphia-based law firm, is dedicated to representing employees throughout the United States in wage and hour collective and class action litigation.