HOUSTON – A Harris County man alleges he lost his job because his employer retaliated against him for requesting a medical leave.

John S. Reinbolt filed a complaint on May 8 in the Harris County District Court against Sutherland Mortgage Services Inc. and Sutherland Global Services Inc. alleging that the joint employers violated the Family Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the defendants from Oct. 10, 2016, to March 30, 2018. The suit states he requested FMLA forms on March 19 and was terminated by the end of the month.

He also alleges he did not receive overtime compensation for all hours worked in excess of 40 per week. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because the defendant allegedly discriminated and retaliated against him by terminating his employment for attempting to exercise his rights under the FMLA and did not pay him at the rate of time-and-one-half for hours worked over 40 per week.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages, costs of court, attorney's fees, prejudgment and post-judgment interest, and all other relief that is lawful and equitable. He is represented by Peter Costea in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2018-31077

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