HOUSTON — A Harris County woman is suing a Houston orthopedic center, alleging unlawful employment practices.

Meseret Mesfin filed a lawsuit Aug. 9 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Reconstructive Orthopedic Center of Houston, alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family Medical Leave Act.

According to the complaint, starting in June 2014, Mesfin worked as an account manager for more than 40 hours per week without receiving overtime compensation. On March 17, 2016, the suit says Mesfin took medical leave for a serious medical condition with the consent of the defendant. She was terminated March 30, while out on her approved medical leave, the lawsuit states. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to pay overtime compensation for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week and unlawfully fired her when she took FMLA leave.

Mesfin seeks a trial by jury, actual damages, liquidated damages, attorney fees, court costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and all relief to which she is entitled. She is represented by attorney Andrew A. Woellner of The Potts Law Firm LLP in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:16-cv-02401

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