LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury has recommended that action sportswear company TapouT pay more than $3.2 million in damages to a former employee who sued over a wage dispute.

City News Service reports the panel on Tuesday recommended the company pay $2.4 million in punitive damages to Michelle Thomas. The same jury on Monday recommended $840,000 in compensatory damages.

Thomas, a former sales representative, sued TapouT in October 2008. She claimed that she was not paid the commissions she was promised and was denied overtime for working more than 70 hours some weeks during her eight months on the job. She was fired in June 2008.

A defense attorney told jurors that TapouT sales representatives were entitled to time off instead of overtime because of their employee classifications.

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Comments (6)
  1. duh says:

    3.2 million for 8 months of work. Trump approved!

  2. Barbi Winters says:

    Just cause they are in the big league, doesn’t mean they can diss their employees. They’re not above it all……still sad about their partner who died. Then again, he was being reckless! Money doesn\t keep you safe. Just keeps the bills paid.

  3. George says:

    “3.2 million for 8 months of work. ”

    Agreed, it’s disgusting the jury awarded this. 70 hour weeks?! If that is even true for this woman, then it comes with the territory. Ask anyone in in sales if there’s weeks where you need to put in the extra effort to get the job done.

    The jury must have been a bunch of welfare recipients whose only perspective is how much money they can get for doing nothing.

    She was probably fired for doing an inadequate job. Yet another woman who cries crocodile tears on cue and plays the victim like a movie star. Another travesty of justice. If the charges are indeed true, she should be entitled only to commissions + 50%, max. In this case, I imagine that would come to about $100-150K tops. What a joke, the jury is a bunch of idiots.

  4. kim says:

    I spent over 15 years as a sales rep just like this woman.Many times I had to fight the vendors to pay the salary and commissions I earned. Yes she was due what was rightly hers . But When you have to go without on what you earned isn’t right and the company knows it. Many times the vendor didn’t pay what was owed to myself and the other reps I worked with. So hurray to this woman or anyone who gets paid what they deserve. And her just remember her attorneys are taking 33 1/3 of the settlement.

  5. a grunt says:

    What a joke.this is only gonna encourage more lawsuits.now that I think of it,I worked 1 hour of overtime last week unpaid.maybe I should sue

  6. punisher says:

    She should have kept.her ass in the kitchen. Probably one of.those girls that’s only good for complaining and spreading her legs.

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