WHEELING -- Former employees of a cellphone franchise filed a class action over being paid too late after being terminated.

Ashley Stender and others filed a class action compliant recently in Ohio Circuit Court against Verizon Wireless Network Procurement LP, doing business as Cellco Partnership.

Stender worked for the defendants until being involuntarily fired on Oct. 1, 2014, the lawsuit states. The rest of the proposed class are all those who've also been terminated by the defendant.

"Consistent with the defendant's pay practices," the lawsuit states, "it failed to pay plaintiff all her employment wages due within the time period mandated" by the Wage Payment and Collection Act. Stender was not paid all of her owed wages until on or after Oct. 17 and Oct. 31, 2014.

The plaintiff is asking the court to certify this case as a class action and to award her personally no more than $75,000. The class seeks unspecified damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys' fees and court costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Todd S. Bailess of Bailess Law PLLC, as well as Rodney A. Smith and Jonathan R. Marshall of Bailey and Glasser LLP, all of Charleston.

Ohio Circuit Court case number 15C158.

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