Former FSU assistant suing for unpaid wages

Sports Xchange

March 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm.

A former assistant under Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher on Friday filed a federal lawsuit seeking unpaid wages from work performed during last season’s Independence Bowl.

Mike Warren, who was quality control coach, also is suing the school for overtime hours he worked during the past three years, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

The lawsuit accuses the university of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Florida Minimum Wage Act. The lawsuit calls the violation “willful, intentional and systemic.”

After Fisher resigned to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M, Warren was one of three quality control coaches promoted for the Seminoles’ bowl game against Southern Miss.

Warren’s lawsuit alleges that he was not paid for the “approximately 84 hours per week” that he spent as an assistant coach from Dec. 8-27 in 2017, the Democrat said.

His lawsuit also claims he worked an average of 100 hours per week as a quality control coach, but was never paid for more than 40 hours per week.

Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox’s only comment to the Democrat was the school was “aware of (Warren’s) claim. We do not comment on personnel matters.”

New head coach Willie Taggart did not keep Warren on the staff. His position was terminated Jan. 5.