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SHERMAN - An administrative assistant has filed a lawsuit against her employer which claims she worked an average of 12.5 hours of overtime each week but was not paid for those hours.

Claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Terri Self filed suit against Beal Service Corp. on Jan. 20 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

The defendant is accused of violating the FLSA by failing to pay Self time and one-half for each hour worked in excess of 40 per work week.

According to the complaint, Self started working for Beal Service Corp. in June 2009, as an assistant to the company founder. She states she worked on average 10.5 hours per day, with no time taken for lunch and was not paid for her overtime work.

"BSC frowned upon paying overtime to Plaintiff and other administrative staff, even though Plaintiff's primary duties were, at all times, those of a non-exempt employee under the FLSA," the lawsuit states.

As a non-exempt employee, Beal Service Corp. was required to pay Self at one and one-half times her regular hourly rate for those hours she worked in excess of 40 in a single work week.

The defendant is accused of violating the FLSA by failing to pay Self time and one-half for each hour worked in excess of 40 per work week.

The plaintiff is asking the court an injunction to prevent further violations and for an award of damages for all unpaid wages, overtime wages, liquidated damages, attorney's fees, court costs and expenses.

Self is represented by Martin A. Shellist of Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP in Houston and Karen K. Fitzgerald of Kleiman Lawrence Baskind Fitzgerald LLP in Dallas.

A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 4:12-cv-00035

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