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Texas healthcare services company faces suit alleging Fair Labor Standards Act violation

By Marian Johns | Dec 4, 2019

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HOUSTON — A Texas healthcare services company for those with physical, mental and developmental disabilities is facing a lawsuit from a former healthcare provider claiming she and others were not paid for overtime work.  

Frances Pickney filed a complaint Nov. 20 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Great Home Care, Inc, Great Home Health Services, Inc, Nay-Vel Skill Development Center, Inc, Rodolfo Velasco and Natividad Velasco alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

Pickney began working for the defendants in 2001 to help bathe, dress, feed and transport residents to various appointments, according to her complaint. She claims she was required to sign in and out of log books at the separate residential centers where she worked and was paid with "three sets of W-2s and three sets of pay records." She alleges she and other employees worked more than 40 hours per week and were not paid overtime. 

Pickney seeks monetary relief, trial by jury, interest and all other relief the court deems just and equitable. She is represented by Josef Buenker of The Buenker Law Firm in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:19-CV-04552

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