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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.”


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.


The Woodlands nursing home sued for FLSA violation

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.


Butcher in Houston claimed he was denied of overtime pay

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

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.


Things employees can do after being denied overtime pay

Every employee should know they are entitled to be paid for all the hours that they work. So, when employers require their employees to extend the time they work past the standard 40 hours per week, workers are entitled to receive a corresponding payment for the time they spent working. Below are some actions employees could take if they believe they are being denied their overtime pay.

  1. Record the exact hours you spent at work. Though some companies may actually have their own timekeeping system, employees may want to have their own copy as proof of their time rendered at work.
  2. Notify the U.S. Department of Labor if you suspect your employer wrongfully classified you as an on-call employee, volunteer worker, or independent contractor. By filling out the SS-8 form of the IRS, employees will know if their employer deliberately misclassified them.
  3. Contact an attorney who specializes in employment law to help you move your case forward.

If you are forced to handle intimidating employers, fear not. Discuss your situation with an attorney at the Leichter Law Firm in Austin today by calling (956) 205-0884.