David Langenfeld secures overtime pay settlement for former police officer

Texas labor and employment law specialist David Lagenfeld has secured a $17,500 overtime pay settlement for a former police officer.

Pflugerville’s City Council approved the settlement, in which the officer asked for compensation for time spent taking care of his police dog outside of regular work hours.

Attorney Lagenfeld said that cases like this are “about changing the way businesses do business and if cases like this allow enforcement officers to be fairly compensated going forward, then it served its purpose.”

Read more about this settlement from the Austin American-Statesman.

Former Pflugerville police officer sues city, demanding back pay for care of K-9 partner

A former Pflugerville police officer has filed a wage and overtime claim against the city, demanding back-pay for caring for his K-9 partner. The officer, Jefferson Schaefer began working for the city as an hourly worker in 2010, and his suit claims that he did not receive any overtime compensation for the work he performed, which could be a violation of federal labor law. The former officer seeks compensation for the after-hours care he was required to do for his K-9 partner, Cora. These duties consisted of feeding, training, exercising, and providing general care for the dog away from work. Schaefer is represented in his lawsuit by labor and employment attorney David Langenfeld.

Attorney Langenfeld told the Austin American Statesman that while some departments have agreements in place to pay officers for the additional duties of caring for their K-9 partners, the city of Pflugerville does not, and thus, Schaefer is entitled to fair compensation for his after-hours work. “It’s a big issue all over the state, all over the country,” Langenfeld tells the paper. “Police officers have tough jobs, and they ought to be paid for all the hours they work, just like everybody else.”

Leichter Law Firm attorneys file pregnancy discrimination lawsuit in federal court

Lawyers from Leichter Law Firm filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging pregnancy discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The suit alleges that Olga Aguirre was employed as a Scheduler for a company that deals in the buying and selling of crude oil condensates and other chemicals and that she was terminated four days after notifying her supervisor that she was pregnant. Approximately thirty days before then she received an email from the President of the company thanking her for her hard work and awarding her a $10,000 bonus. The case is Aguirre v. Chemium International Corp., 4:17-cv-2369, and is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. Ms. Aguirre is represented by David Langenfeld of the Leichter Law Firm. Mr. Langenfeld is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Disability discrimination claims in the workplace increasing each year

Claims of disability discrimination in the workplace have increased each year since 2014. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it illegal for employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability when it comes to hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, training, or other terms and conditions of employment. A “qualified individual” is a person with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that the person holds or desires. Some of the most common disabilities that are covered by the ADA are cancer, deafness or hearing loss, heart and cardiovascular impairments, anxiety and depression, back and other orthopedic impairments, and blindness and vision loss. In addition to those who actually have an impairment, the ADA protects workers whose employer has “regarded” them as being disabled even though they may not be. Attorney David Langenfeld represents workers with disabilities in cases against their employers and former employers. Mr. Langenfeld is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Wimberley, Texas convenience store sued for overtime wage violations

A convenience store and its owner have been sued in federal court for overtime wage violations. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that generally requires that an employee who works more than forty hours in a week receive overtime pay at one and one-half their regular hourly rate. The lawsuit alleges that Pennie Tamme worked for Wimberley Mart, Inc. in Wimberley, Texas as a cashier and that she often worked more than forty hours in a week without receiving proper overtime pay in violation of the FLSA.

The suit seeks money damages for unpaid overtime, additional amounts for liquidated damages, and attorney’s fees and court costs. The case is Pennie Tamme v. Wimberley Mart, Inc., and Shaukat Mahesania, Individually, 1:17-cv-720, and is pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. Ms. Tamme is represented by David Langenfeld of the Leichter Law Firm. Mr. Langenfeld is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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

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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

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

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

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

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.