Worker sues to obtain wages for unpaid travel time to job site

By Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau | Aug 29, 2011

A worker has filed a collective lawsuit in an attempt to obtain wages for time spent traveling to the Motiva facility in Port Arthur.

Claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, David L. Polley filed suit against Austin Industrial Inc. on Aug. 24 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

Polley was hired by the defendant in May 2011. He states Austin Industrial violated federal law by not compensating its employees for their travel time to the Motiva worksite.

According to the lawsuit, the employees were required to report for work at a certain location and time and then they would be transported on a bus into the Motiva facility.

Each day, the time spent in transit was approximately 60 minutes, the suit claims.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of damages for unpaid wages, liquidated damages, attorney's fees, interest and court costs.

Polley is represented by John Werner of Reaud, Morgan & Quinn in Beaumont.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:11-cv-00400

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