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Canby American legion post hit with wage claim

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A former employee of the post files for unpaid wages and more


A former employee of the Canby American Legion Post No. 122 filed a complaint in Multnomah County Circuit Court on December 24 with several claims of unpaid wages and wrongful deductions from her paycheck.

Anne Rodgers of Lake Oswego is requesting a jury trial to hear five claims for relief against the Canby American Legion Post for unpaid wages, wrongful deductions and failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay unpaid wages upon termination and bounced paychecks.

The claim filed by Rodgers, who is being represented by Lake Oswego-based attorney Jon Egan — he recently represented three baristas against Starbucks Corp., and former Jack-in-the-Box employees in two similar so-called "phantom wages" cases — seeks for the Canby American Legion Post to pay all unpaid wages in an amount to be proven at trial, as well as attorney's fees and costs, the court record shows.

Additionally, Rodgers' claim says she is entitled to $200 in damages for each specific instance of wrongdoing, if a jury agrees with her argument at trial.

Rodgers claim says the Canby American Legion post failed to pay her for accrued but unused paid time off upon termination, failed to "pay plaintiff anything at all on payday," bounced at least one of her paychecks and ordered her not to cash at least one paycheck "due to delays in transferring funds to the proper bank account."

Multnomah County Circuit Court records show that both the plaintiff and defendant are required to complete discovery — a pre-trial procedure where each party can request to see the others' evidence — on April 26.

Both parties are to attempt to settle the matter out of court and a joint alternative dispute resolution report is due back to Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Paul Papak on May 26.