Josh Aden Dec. 3, 2015, 1:45pm


A Texas sanitation worker has filed a class action lawsuit against trash removal companies, alleging not paying employees for overtime.

Fredy Ordonez, individually and on behalf of all similarly situated persons, filed the lawsuit Aug. 11 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against WCA Waste Corporation and Manbro Contracting and Manbro supervisors Aurelio Alonso and Melissa Alonso as defendants, alleging failing to pay minimum wage and overtime benefits guaranteed by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FSLA).

According to the complaint, Ordonez and fellow employees were hired as garbage collectors and expected to work overtime hours well over the standard 40-hour week, intentionally paying a daily wage to avoid overtime pay. The suit says the companies and managers were aware of the situation and were acting to profit from it in violation of the FSLA.

Ordonez seeks personal and class compensation worth an amount that would be representative of unpaid overtime wages for WCA and Manbro employees, plus court costs. He is represented by attorney Josef F. Buenker of Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:15-cv-02312.

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