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Monday, 14 May 2018 23:01

TX Auto Body Repair Worker Alleges Uptown Collision Owes Overtime Pay

Written by Noddy A. Fernandez, Southeast Texas Record

A former employee of an automobile repair shop alleged he was paid straight time for overtime work.

Luis Rodriguez filed a complaint on May 3 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Uptown Collision Center LLC alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleged that he worked for the defendant as an hourly paid auto body repair worker from Sept. 1, 2017, to Feb. 27, 2018. He claimed that he worked an average of 57 hours per week but was allegedly not compensated for overtime hours at a rate of time-and-a-half for all hours worked in excess of 40 per week. He alleged the defendant owes him $472.60 for the week of Jan. 14 alone for his “and-a-half” portion of his overtime premiums. 

The plaintiff held Uptown Collision Center LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to compensate its employee’s hours worked in excess of 40 hours at the rate of one-and-one-half times their regular rate.

The plaintiff requested a trial by jury and seeks payment for overtime compensation, an equal amount as liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses, pre- and post-judgment interest, such other relief as to which may be entitled. He is represented by James M. Loren, George Z. Goldberg and Rachael Rustmann of Goldberg & Loren, PA in Dallas.

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