Car dealership's handyman sues to obtain minimum wages

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Apr. 2, 2012, 4:00pm

SHERMAN - A handyman for an East Texas car dealership has filed a lawsuit against his employer claiming that he was not paid proper overtime wages.

Paul Duren filed suit against Bankston Ford of Frisco Ltd. Co., doing business as Bankston Ford of Frisco, and Bankston Auto Inc., formerly known as Bankston Ford of Frisco Inc., on March 27 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Duren works for the auto dealership as an hourly-paid employee and provides miscellaneous handyman services. He claims that his employer required that he work overtime but only paid him straight time for the excess hours.

Duren also claims that the defendants have failed to compensate him at the federally mandated minimum wage rate.

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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

Duren is represented by Galvin B. Kennedy of Kennedy Hodges in Houston.

A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 4:12-cv-00176

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