Former colleague sues eye doctor to recover pay

Kelly Holleran Jan. 29, 2012, 11:57am

A Georgia doctor alleges a Southeast Texas eye care provider owes her more than $50,000 she earned while working for him.

Dr. Essene C. Bell, an ophthalmologist, worked for defendant Dr. Raj K. Singla at the Singla Eye Institute, according to the complaint filed Jan. 18 in Jefferson County District Court.

At the time of her departure from the company, Bell was earning $108 per hour in a 40-hour work week.

In addition, she was supposed to receive a bonus of 30 percent for any direct patient services revenue she generated of more than $550,000 per year, according to the lawsuit.

On April 30, Bell submitted her resignation to Singla, but she was not paid what she had earned, the complaint says.

"Over the employment period, Defendant (a) failed to pay Dr. Bell her base pay for Wednesdays; (b) failed to pay Dr. Bell in full for the remaining 32 hours of base pay per week she was owed; (c ) failed to provide Dr. Bell with an accounting of the direct patient services revenue generated by her for the practice; and (d) failed to pay Dr. Bell all of the bonus owed to her on the direct patient services revenue she generated," the suit states.

Although Bell has demanded the money she says she is owed, she claims she has failed to receive it.

Bell alleges breach of contract against Singla.

She is seeking all the missing compensation she claims she was not paid, plus direct damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Alex Mabry of The Mabry Law Firm in Houston will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Case No. B191-670.

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