Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jun. 3, 2012, 9:44am
LUFKIN - A former truck driver for an East Texas company has filed a lawsuit claiming that he was not properly paid for time he spent preparing his truck for trips.
Terrence Robertson filed suit against Heckmann Water Resources Inc. on May 25 in the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division.
Robertson began working as a truck driver for Heckmann's Joaquin facility in August 2011 and was terminated in April 2012.
The defendant is accused of willfully violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring Robertson to do 30 minutes pre-trip prep and 15 minutes post-trip prep for each trip without compensation. Robertson claims he was also short-changed for the other time he worked.
According to court documents, Robertson was terminated for failure to call in after he was injured on the job. Robertson states he did call in.
The plaintiff is seeking damages for unpaid and underpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages, interest, court costs and attorney's fees.
Robertson is represented by Curtis B. Stuckey of Stuckey, Garrigan & Castetter Law Offices in Nacogdoches.
A jury trial is requested.
Case No. 9:12-cv-00081