Woman claims termination due to reporting FLSA violations

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | May 21, 2012

Jack Stephen Pursley of Nelson Pursley PLLC in Houston

GALVESTON - Alleging she was terminated because she questioned company policy, Pflugerville resident Brenda Ramsey has filed a lawsuit.

Ramsey claims A*MED Management Inc. ousted her from her position as human resources payroll coordinator two months ago because she opposed what she believed was a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, court papers filed May 15 in Galveston County District Court say.

The plaintiff, who began working for A*MED on or around May 2, 2011, explains that she reported to management about the company committing a FLSA violation toward the end of last year and had her complaints dismissed.

She took issue with the respondent omitting visits that occurred between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday through Friday from the productivity report, which earned her the ire of her immediate supervisor, the suit says.

The original petition further explains that Ramsey's work performance was "overly and unnecessarily" scrutinized, stating her supervisor singled her out "unwarrantedly" in front of her co-workers.

Ramsey adds she tried to counter allegations shown in an employee counseling report bearing her name, but a superior supposedly forced her into submitting a statement which left out important information that pinned wrongdoing on the latter.

The suit shows the final instance which brought forth Ramsey's alleged firing was when the complainant questioned the defendant's vacation policy.

According to the plaintiff, the defendant's owner's word of no changes to the aforementioned policy contradicted that of her supervisor.

Said supervisor learned of the discussion between Ramsey and human resources and subjected the complainant to verbal abuse before ultimately terminating her last March 19, the suit says.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by Nelson Pursley PLLC.

Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-cv-1227

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