Field service technician sues for overtime wages

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Mar. 12, 2012, 8:17am


TYLER - A field service technician has filed a lawsuit against his employer that claims he was terminated for complaining about not being paid overtime wages.

Robert Jastern filed suit against John Crane Production Solutions Inc. on March 8 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

Jastern was employed by the defendant as a field service technician and was paid at a set weekly rate. He states that he was not paid overtime premium for the hours that he worked in excess of 40 hours per work week.

According to the lawsuit, after Jastern began to question the manner in which he was being paid, John Crane Production began to retaliate against Jastern by placing him on unpaid leave and terminating him.

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

Jastern is represented by Houston attorney Josef F. Buenker.

A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 6:12-cv-00116

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