Worker alleges catering business failed to pay overtime

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 19, 2019

HOUSTON — An employee is suing a catering business, alleging he was not paid overtime during his employment as a cook and server.

Robert Lee Schmadl filed a complaint March 14 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Jawsre LLC, doing business as Executive Catering and Jack Edward Adcox, alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The suit says Schamdl was employed by the defendant as a cook and server from October 2014 to Nov. 12, 2018. The plaintiff alleges his typical workweek was 50-70 hours. During his time with Executive Catering, the suit says, the plaintiff was routinely not given overtime wages and was, instead, given a fixed wage. 

The plaintiff alleges he also was not paid the tips he earned at catering events as the defendant kept them. Schmadl alleges he was only given 50 percent of his tips in the weeks following Hurricane Harvey, which was a 25 percent decrease from the tips he received before the hurricane.

Schmadl seeks trial by jury and all overtime wages due, misappropriated tip income, liquidated damages, reasonable attorney fees and costs of court. He is represented by attorney Salar Ali Ahmed of Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:19-CV-00941

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