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.
The Leichter Law Firm PC has increased its focus on the representation of nurses who have been deprived proper overtime pay. The firm has a history of representing health care professional in licensure and disciplinary proceedings. However, with the addition of Board Certified Employment Law Specialist David Langenfeld, the firm has become aggressive in pursuing the recoupment of unpaid overtime wages for nurses.
As a general rule, LVNs are entitled to overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek, as are RNs who are paid hourly or who are employed in areas outside a clinical setting, such as utilization review or coding. The most common violations involve automatic meal deductions, off-the-clock work before and after shifts, unpaid travel time between home health visits, and charting while off the clock.
The firm recently filed a lawsuit against HMG Park Manor of WestChase, LLC d/b/a Park Manor of Westchase on behalf of a group of nurses who allege they had time automatically deducted for meal breaks when they were not completely relieved of duty. The case was filed in Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The nurse plaintiffs have requested that the case be certified as a collective (class) action and that notice be sent to other nurses who may have also been deprived of proper overtime payment during the past three years.
The nurses are represented by David G. Langenfeld of the Leichter Law Firm PC. Mr. Langenfeld is Board Certified as a specialist in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Of the more than 90,000 lawyers licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, less than 1% hold this prestigious designation.