Field inspector sues employer for violations of labor laws

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Feb. 27, 2012, 8:00am


TYLER - A field inspector has filed a lawsuit against his employer claiming that he was not paid overtime compensation for the time he spent doing manual labor.

Michael Riggs, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed suit against THD At-Home Services Inc. on Feb. 22 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

Riggs was hired by the defendant in February 2008 as a project manager and as a field inspector. According to the suit, since he began working as a non-exempt employee, Riggs has worked numerous hours of documented overtime for which he has not been paid.

The uncompensated work includes communicating with customers and contractors, inspecting work, coordinating installation, driving to work sites, repairing roofs, siding and windows, moving building supplies and other manual labor, the suit states.

The suit alleges the defendant had a corporate policy of refusing to compensate its employees for all hours worked, specifically not paying for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by not properly paying Riggs and its other employees.

The lawsuit will represent current and former employees who are working as project managers or field inspectors from February 2009 until present.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for wage and overtime compensation for all unpaid hours worked, an equal amount in liquidated damages, attorney's fees, court costs and interest.

Riggs is represented by Brian T. Cartwright of Alagood & Cartwright in Denton and Hugh Coleman of Coleman Law Firm in Denton. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis is assigned to the case.

Case No. 6:12-cv-00081

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