Secretary sues company after losing job due to Dept. of Labor investigation for wage violations

By Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau | Jun 10, 2013

MARSHALL - A secretary has filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming that she was terminated after the U.S. Department of Labor investigated the company for wage violations and determined that she was owed overtime pay. 

Janita Robran filed suit against Genesis Homecare Inc. on June 7 in Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

Robran was employed by the defendant as a secretary for four years and was classified as hourly/non-exempt. She claims that she was not paid time and a half as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In January, the defendant was investigated by the Department of Labor resulting from possible wage violations related to overtime pay and Robran was interviewed. Due to the investigation, Robran received a payment for overtime owed.

Two months later, without any prior counseling or warning, Robran was terminated by the defendant.

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act for retaliatory termination.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earning capacity, punitive damages, liquidated damages, attorney fees and court costs.

Robran is represented by Tyler attorney William S. Hommel Jr. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:13-cv-00475

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