Employee alleges company failed to pay overtime wages

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 20, 2019

HOUSTON — An employee is filing a class action lawsuit against a business, alleging she received "straight pay" instead of overtime for working more than 40 hours a week.

Leslie Juarez, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, filed a class action complaint March 8 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Competentia US Inc., alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act

Juarez alleges she was employed as a PTW dispatcher for a client of Competentia beginning in January 2018. The suit says the defendant originally paid Juarez $45.32 an hour plus overtime at a rate of $67.98 per hour. The defendant then allegedly changed the plaintiff's title a few months later and changed the hourly rate to $70 and also stopped paying Juarez an overtime rate for hours worked in excess of 40 hours a week. 

The plaintiff alleges she and co-workers should be paid for the overtime hours worked as required by the FLSA.

The plaintiff seeks trial by jury, unpaid wages due, liquidated damages, attorney fees, litigation expenses and court costs. She is represented by attornyes James Jones and Richard J. (Rex )Burch of Bruckner Burch PLLC in Houston, and by Michael Josephson of Josephson Dunlap LLP in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:19-cv-00846

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