What you should know about the increase in Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) complaints

Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017    


Attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC have noticed an increase in Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) complaints in 2017. The FMLA is a federal law that allows employees who have worked for an employer for 12 or more months to take 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave for themselves or a family member. Once the employee returns to work, the employer must reinstate them in their former position or an equivalent position.

Unfortunately, employers sometimes attempt to intimidate or discourage an employee from taking FMLA leave or will retaliate against them when they return to work.  An employee who has been discouraged from taking FMLA leave or who has been subjected to retaliation may sue the employer for money damages and attorney’s fees.  If you believe that your rights under the FMLA have been violated, contact David Langenfeld of the Leichter Law Firm PC at (956) 205-0884. Mr. Langenfeld is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

If you believe that your rights under the FMLA have been violated, contact David Langenfeld of the Leichter Law Firm PC. Mr. Langenfeld is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Restaurant employee suing for wrongful termination after pregnancy

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017    

A former Chinese restaurant employee in Houston recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming she was terminated from her job due to her pregnancy, an article of SE Texas Record reported on January 13.

In the lawsuit filed by Mary Durant on January 12, Durant claimed defendant Xie He Sheng, LLC terminated her from her job in 2015 without giving her reasons for doing so. Durant was reportedly hired to work for 888 Chinese Restaurant in 2014. Durant, who was pregnant at the time she was hired, was informed that the owner of the restaurant had a policy of not hiring pregnant women. The owner also does not allow women to work if they become pregnant. The manager allowed her to work despite being pregnant, giving her two days off from work. She was told to contact the restaurant for her next shift. Durant was able to continue working for 888 after having a miscarriage. Then in 2015, Durant became pregnant again. In her lawsuit, Durant requested a jury trial and requests to recover all the compensation she deserves as a result of her termination.

The attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC fight for the rights of Austin employees who have been wrongfully terminated from their employment due to discrimination. We strongly believe that negligent employers should fairly compensate employees who have suffered financially after losing their jobs. If you are in such a situation today, call us at (956) 205-0884 for your confidential legal consultation.


Engineer suing his employers for depriving him of his overtime pay

Posted on Sunday, January 15th, 2017    

A piping engineer from Harris County, Texas had initiated a class action lawsuit against two companies due to allegations that they have been denied the overtime pay that they deserve, a January 5 article of SE Texas Record reported.

On behalf of current and previous employees, Michael Martin reportedly filed a class action suit against Technip USA, Inc., and NES Global LLC due to complaints that their workers’ compensation rights have been violated. Documents revealed that Martin had not been paid his overtime pay, though he used to regularly work more than the usual 40-hour per week schedule. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to give overtime pay to workers who have been on the job for more than 40 hours in a week. Martin is looking to recover all the finances he thinks he deserves, which includes all legal costs obtained while pursuing a jury trial.

In the situation that you are not duly paid by your employer for the extra hours you render at work, a lawyer may help you. Get in touch with a lawyer of Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin today by calling (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your options.


What employees should know about wrongful discharge in Texas

Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2017    

Employees often have to deal with emotional and financial hardships when they get fired from their work. However, they should know there is a law that protects them from wrongful termination.

Under statutory law, employers cannot release their employees if the grounds for terminating them is based on their race, religion, citizenship, sexual orientation, or age. Employees also cannot be terminated from their jobs after reporting a safety violation or negligence they discover in the workplace. Under common law recognition, employers cannot terminate their employees because they refuse to perform a criminal activity.

Employees who suspect they were wrongfully discharged could file a legal claim against their employer to potentially recover their lost wages and to protect future employees from abusive employers. If you have decided to file a legal claim against your employer in Austin, an attorney at the Leichter Law Firm PC may be able to represent you. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (956) 205-0884.


Terminated attorney in Dallas complains of sexual harassment and retaliation

Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016    

An assistant attorney in Dallas, Texas recently filed a complaint against the city attorney’s office claiming she was sexually harassed in the workplace and that she was a victim of retaliation, a December 15 article of The Brownsville Herald reported.

In the civil lawsuit recently filed in the Dallas County Court, plaintiff Petrina Thompson claimed an employee in her workplace sexually harassed her. Thompson also said other employees made her work environment hostile after she complained about the harassment. Thompson was later terminated from her job after she was placed in a job she was not hired or trained to do. She is suing to get her job back and recover all the expenses incurred in filing the lawsuit.

In the tough situation that you are filing a complaint against your employer, enlisting a skilled employment attorney is important. Get in touch with the Austin attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC today by calling (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your options.


The Woodlands nursing home sued for FLSA violation

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016    

A nursing home in the Woodlands is being accused of not paying its employees overtime.

Two employees at the Park Manor of Westchase, a nursing home in the Woodlands, are suing the facility. In the complaint, filed on April 20th, the employees allege that they have each worked more than 40 hours in a week without receiving overtime compensation. The complaint reaches back to April 20th of 2013 and claims that the company failed to track their hours worked. They are suing for all of the overtime pay they are owed, with interest. Leichter Law Firm PC‘s own David G. Langenfeld is representing them.

To learn more about the suit, click here.

If you suspect that your employer is failing to pay you overtime that you have earned, you may be able to make a similar claim under the FLSA. Contact the Texas employment attorneys of Leichter Law Firm PC at (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your options.


Facebook suspected of discriminating based upon race in the workplace

Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016    

Social networking giant based in California, Facebook, was recently slapped with a federal lawsuit due to allegations that the company was negligent in handling racial discrimination in their office in North Carolina, an article of Fortune reported on November 28.

According to reports, Robert Gary and Robert Duffy had begun to notice that the Facebook workplace appeared to be consistently discriminating against African-American workers like themselves, and their coworkers to be committing unchecked acts of racism. Duffy, who works as a manager in the North Carolina data center, filed for his resignation after the company reduced many of his duties, which came about in conjunction with him reporting discrimination in the workplace. Gary, who had been working as a maintenance worker, alleged that his salary is lower compared to white coworkers who do the same job. Gary also claimed that his salary increases are lower compared to white counterparts. A spokesperson for Facebook told reports that they would counter the lawsuit with a strong defense.

Filing for racial discrimination claim in the workplace could be stressful as you are going to face with intimidating legal counsels hired by negligent companies to defend their interests. However, if this happens to you in Austin, the Leichter Law Firm PC lawyers could represent you. Find out how we may fight for your rights today by calling (956) 205-0884.


Butcher in Houston claimed he was denied of overtime pay

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2016    

A man in Houston who works at a supermarket has filed a claim against his employer over allegations that he was not paid for the excessive time he worked, a November 21 article in the SE Texas Record reported.

In a class action lawsuit initiated by Yasel Campos, he and other employees have alleged that Prudent Inc., violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not giving their overtime pay. Campos claimed that when he began working as a butcher for Prudent Inc., known for operating Mahendi Prasla and Mercado El Paisano supermarkets in August 2015, his overtime pay was not given to him even after on the job for more than 40 hours of work a week. The FLSA requires employers pay at least time and a half to employees who have been working in excess of the 40-hour/week allotted to them. Other claims were also filed by Campos who was wrongfully terminated from his job after he sought rightful compensation. Campos is seeking to recover all the wages he thinks he deserves including all the expenses he deserves for undergoing court trial.

Failing to get your overtime pay is frustrating when you’ve worked hard to earn it. If you are experiencing such a problem in Austin, a lawyer of the Leichter Law Firm PC may uphold your rights and file a claim against intimidating companies. Find out how we might help you recover your lost wages today by calling (956) 205-0884.


3 companies sued after refusing to grant overtime pay

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016    

A class-action lawsuit was filed by two employees against three companies in Galveston, Texas alleging they violated laws regulating workers’ compensation, a November 7 article of SE Texas Record stated.

According to reports, plaintiffs Jesus Alberto Joya and Mauricio Espinal Canales claimed in their lawsuit their employers have not given the amount of overtime pay entitled to them. The two employees identified SKF Interest, Inc., F&F Interests, Inc., and Gary Farine as defendants. Reports revealed the two drivers regularly work more than 40 hours in a single week. A trial by jury is being sought by the plaintiffs and they are attempting to recover the total amount due to them, including expenses incurred in the trial.

The Austin attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC understand workers find it difficult to provide for the needs of their family if employers are negligent in paying the amount they should earn. If you are considering filing a claim, we may be able to provide you legal support against intimidating employers. Call us today at (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your legal options.


Texas Supreme Court to review workplace rape victim case

Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016    

The Texas Supreme Court is expected to review a case of a woman in Plano who was sexually assaulted by her boss, and the decision could set a serious precedent for similar cases in the future, an article of the Dallas News reported on November 4.

Reports said the Supreme Court will review the case of a plaintiff identified as B.C., who filed a lawsuit against her Steak ‘n Shake boss. The lawsuit, which identified the restaurant as a defendant, concerns a unique Texas ruling that employers cannot be sued for greater monetary damage by employees who have been victims of sexual assault. Employees who are suing their employers for sexual assault claims can receive a maximum of $300,000 worth of damages, unlike those who have been victims of aggravated assault in the workplace. Legal experts opined that sexual assault victims in Texas should be given rights to fight for further damages. B.C.’s case is expected to be reviewed by the Texas Supreme Court this week.

The lawyers at the Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin fight for employees who have been victims of sexual assault while in the workplace. If you think this situation happened to you, we may be able to provide legal defense and protection against intimidating employers. Call us today at (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your options.