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Hostess Sues Indianapolis Colts For Wage Violations

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Colleen Fenstermaker has filed a class action lawsuit in US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division against the Indianapolis Colts alleging that her and her coworkers were paid less than minimum wage, were paid under the table, and that the football team continues the illegal practice for “a dozen or more hostesses” on the statistics crew for the Colts.

According to the lawsuit, Fenstermaker was employed by the Colts on a part-time basis from the 1998 NFL season until she was wrongfully terminated on September 9, 2011. Fenstermaker and the other hostesses would pass out written materials (printouts of statistics, etc. …) to coaches, announcers and other employees and/or guests in the press box area of the Colts’ stadium, Fenstermaker and other hostesses would get drinks and food for those in the press box and otherwise attend to their needs and help them before, during and after the Colts’ football game.” 

Fenstermaker said she worked eight or more hours per game, for which she earned $40.00. When she began in 1998, the Colts were only paying $25.00 per game. The hostesses arrived at least 2 hours before the game, and worked “significant hours post-game.”

“Throughout her employment with the Colts, Fenstermaker’s time worked was not recorded by the Colts, nor was she asked to keep track of her time worked. The same was true for similarly situated hostesses.
“The Colts have failed and refused to pay Fenstermaker and other similarly situated hostesses at a rate of pay equal to the federal minimum wage.”

The lawsuit seeks back pay with interest, costs, and “any and all other relief just and proper.” disclaimer: This article: Hostess Sues Indianapolis Colts For Wage Violations was posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 7:17 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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