Hygienist sues dentist for overtime pay

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Feb. 27, 2012, 9:37am

SHERMAN - A dental hygienist has filed a lawsuit claiming she was not paid for overtime hours despite consistently working more than 40 hours a week.

Claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Teri L. Burgoon filed suit against Norman J. Pomerance, doing business as Norman J. Pomerance D.D.S, on Feb. 21 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Burgoon worked for the defendant for four years as an hourly-paid hygienist in Pomerance's Denton office.

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and for breach of contract by allowing Burgoon only to record and be paid for 36 hours per week, even though she states she consistently worked more than 40 hours per week.

Burgoon states that she was essentially required to work "off the clock" and was not paid in excess of 36 in a workweek.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for unpaid back wages, liquidated damages, court costs, attorney's fees and interest.

Burgoon is represented by J. Derek Braziel and Meredith Mathews of Lee & Braziel LLP in Dallas.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:12-cv-00103

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