BEAUMONT – A Collin County woman is suing a department store over claims it did not pay overtime wages.

Hope Halleen filed a lawsuit Jan. 19 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Belk Inc., alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The suit states that while Halleen worked at Belk's Fort Worth location as a sales team manager from approximately November 2014 to March, Belk classified her as an exempt employee.

The suit states Halleen should have been classified as a non-exempt employee, eligible to receive an overtime premium for hours worked over 40 hours per week. The suit further states Belk failed to accurately record Halleen's actual hours worked.

Halleen seeks to recover unpaid wages, liquidated damages, interests, attorneys' fees and litigation expenses. She is represented by attorneys Alan L. Quiles, Gregg I. Shavitz and Paolo C. Meireles of Shavitz Law Group in Boca Raton, Florida.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Case number 4:16-CV-00055-RC

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