Employee alleges storage business failed to pay overtime

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 2, 2017

HOUSTON — A Houston man is suing a storage business, alleging breach of contract for unpaid overtime wages.

HOUSTON — A Houston man is suing a storage business, alleging breach of contract for unpaid overtime wages.

Michael Alford filed a complaint Jan. 13 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Metro Mini Storage Inc. and director Lorraine Drake, alleging they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act' anti-retaliation provision.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 1, 2014, Alford made a protected complaint in which he sought compensation for unpaid overtime hours because he had worked more than 40 hours in a given week. The suit says Alford only was paid for hours between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. After the complaint, he was terminated, the lawsuit states. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to pay overtime wages in accordance with FLSA and retaliated against Alford by terminating his employment for invoking his rights under the law.

Alford seeks trial by jury, actual damages for lost back pay, reinstatement or front pay, court costs and all other equitable relief. He is represented by attorney Ahad Khan of Houston.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:17-cv-00113

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