Two former employees of Papa Gino's allege the local chain avoided paying them overtime for work weeks that sometimes spanned 70 hours by classifying them as "managers" even though they weren't managers.
Jean Max Similien of Stoughton and Jay Jenks of Dedham filed what they hope will become a class-action suit last week in US District Court in Boston.
Similien said he worked for the Dedham-based chain for more than 13 years, most of them as a "general manager," a role in which he had no authority to hire or fire anybody, didn't supervise other workers and spent more than half his time on non-managerial work such as running the cash register, cooking food, answering the phone and cleaning.
He alleges his own manager instructed him to always put 40 hours down on his weekly time slip, even in weeks where he worked more than 70 hours.
The two are seeking back overtime, damages and attorneys' fees for themselves and other similar Papa Gino's workers.