HOUSTON – The president of Praxis Embosom, Inc. is suing the company for allegedly failing to pay his salary, recent Harris County District Court records show.
Vienna, Va., resident Richard W. Westerdale, II filed a breach of contract lawsuit on July 12 in the Harris County 333rd District Court.
Westerdale explains that Joseph Bennett and Gurkaran Bains approached him about leaving the United States Department of State to accept employment with Praxis, which court papers describe as a holding company and administrative service provider for several other companies formed by Bennett and Bains.
The men purportedly promised the plaintiff a salary, benefits, and ownership interests in Praxis as well as several other related companies.
Westerdale then entered into an Executive Employment Agreement and began his employment last March.
According to the original petition, the complainant abided by the agreement and performed the duties set out in it. Praxis, however, failed to compensate him for three months, the suit says.
Westerdale states that he terminated the agreement after several unsuccessful attempts to address the lack of pay.
Consequently, the plaintiff seeks to recover at least $220,000.
Bennett and Bains join Praxis as co-defendants in the case.
Attorney R. Scott Wolfrom of the law firm Vincent Serafino Geary Waddell Jenevein, P.C. in Houston is representing Westerdale.
Harris County 333rd District Court Case No. 2017-45994