Former golf course employee files suit, claiming wage violations

A former employee of a Grand Strand golf course has filed a class action lawsuit against National Golf Management, LLC and Burroughs and Chapin Company, claiming he and other employees were paid less than the federal minimum wage and were denied federally mandated overtime pay.

In the suit filed in federal court in Florence, Alan Dutil claims he was paid $5.80 per hour for his work as a "bag drop" employee. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. The suit also claims Dutil and other cart and bag drop employees often worked 50 hours or more per week without getting time-and-a-half overtime pay.

Dutil is seeking unpaid overtime, attorney's fees and liquidated damages for himself and other employees.

National Golf Management owns or manages 23 golf courses around the Grand Strand. It was formed last year, in a merger of Burroughs and Chapin Golf Management and Myrtle Beach National Company.