Laborer sues aircraft services company for not paying his earned overtime wage

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Feb. 23, 2011, 1:40pm

TYLER - Arguing he has not been paid for his overtime work, an aircraft painter has filed a collective action against his employer.

Juan Hernandez, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed suit against Jet Works Air Center Management doing business as Jet Works Air Center, Jet Works Air Center Ltd. doing business as Jet Works Air Center, Walter Wayne Cecil, Howard Arthur "Trey" Bryson III, R. Damon Ward, Phil Jordan and David King of Feb. 14 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

The defendants are accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by not compensating non-exempt employees for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a work week at one and one-half times their regular rate.

The proposed class members are current and former employees working in the paint department at Jet Works Air Center at any time since Feb. 14, 2008, the suit states.

Hernandez states he was hired by the defendant on Nov. 30, 2009, as a painter with an hourly wage of $22 per hour. He claims he worked numerous hours of documented overtime for which he was not properly compensated.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for any unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages, attorney's fees, court costs and interest.

Hernandez is represented by Brian T. Cartwright of Alagood & Cartwright in Denton.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 6:11-cv-00069

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