Canine handlers for MSA Security allege they were not paid for all hours worked

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 4, 2018

SAN DIEGO – Employees for a security company with a principal place of business in San Diego allege they were not paid for all hours worked.

SAN DIEGO – Employees for a security company with a principal place of business in San Diego allege they were not paid for all hours worked.

Joshua McMahan, Raymond Cota, et al. filed a complaint on April 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Michael Stapleton Associates LTD, doing business as MSA Security, and Does 1-10 alleging violation of the California Labor Code.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs were employed by the defendants as explosives detecting canine handlers and were each assigned canines. They allege they were responsible for providing all necessary care and provisions for the dogs and were given a stipend of $400 per month to do so. They allege that amount was not sufficient to cover the costs.

The plaintiffs also allege they were not paid for traveling to and from sites, caring for uniforms and caring for the dogs.

The plaintiffs hold Michael Stapleton Associates LTD and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to reimburse plaintiffs for expenses incurred during the course of their employment and failed to accurately show on their wage statements the total hours worked by plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek relief and judgment against defendant for wages, statutory penalties, interest, attorney's fees, costs, equitable relief, and other remedies, legal or equitable as the court may deem proper or necessary. They are represented by Corbett H. Williams of Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams in Laguna Hills.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California case number 3:18-cv-767

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