Molly English-Bowers Dec. 11, 2015, 1:02pm


HOUSTON--A Houston employee is suing an oil and gas inspection company, alleging failure to pay for overtime hours worked.

Johnathan Kelley filed a lawsuit Oct. 22 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Amspec Services.

According to the complaint, Kelley worked at Amspec from February 2011 through August 2015 as an inspector of gas and oil facilities at work sites in the Houston area. The suit says he regularly worked more than 40 hours a week, sometimes 75 to 80 hours, but wasn't compensated appropriately.

The plaintiff further alleges the defendant circumvented overtime pay by saying Kelley's pay was for "travel expenses" or by paying with prepaid Visa cards. These are all violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the suit says.

Kelley seeks appropriate back pay, attorney fees, court costs and any other relief the court deems appropriate, plus a trial by jury. He is represented by attorney Charles L. Scalise of Ross Law Group in Austin.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:15-cv-03123.

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