September 2015 Archives

Texas Roadhouse accused of workplace discrimination due to age

The Texas Roadhouse, which is known for line dancing and great food, is involved in a lawsuit claiming that the restaurant was engaged in unfair employment practices. A 40-year-old woman who applied to work at the roadhouse alleges that she was not given the opportunity for a job because of her age. The workplace discrimination lawsuit is now being brought to a federal court to include herself as well as 55 other individuals who feel that they were denied employment.

Halliburton Agrees to Pay Workers $18.29 million in Unpaid Overtime Compensation

The Department of Labor announced today that Halliburton has agreed to pay $18.29 million to 1,016 workers in unpaid overtime compensation. The Department of Labor's investigation revealed that Halliburton paid twenty-eight (28) different types of workers, including field service representatives, pipe recovery specialists and drilling tech advisors, a salary claiming that the workers were exempt from overtime pay. However, simply paying an employee a salary does not necessarily avoid the duty to pay overtime compensation. To be exempt from overtime pay, an employee must be paid a salary of $455 (or more) per week and perform a set of narrowly defined job duties.

28 disabled employees are awarded $600k for their exploitation

Henry's Turkey Service, headquartered in Texas, is being accused of abusing 28 men with intellectual disabilities. The plaintiffs were allegedly being underpaid and resided within inhumane living conditions. Thirty-two men had apparently been subjected to the abuse, and four since have died. The disabled employees worked for the turkey plant in another state and were given room and board in an old school house.

Ley de Ausencia Familiar y Medica (FMLA)

La Ley de Ausencia Familiar y Medica (FMLA) proporciona a los empleados elegibles con un máximo de doce (12) semanas fuera del trabajo sin sueldo para cuidar de sí mismos, o, cuidar de un familiar con una condicion medica grave. Los empleados también tienen derecho a la licencia FMLA para el nacimiento o adopción de un hijo.

Gentleman's Clubs accused of Fair Labor Standards Act violations

The Bare Assets and Midnight Lace clubs in Texas as well as another named defendant are being sued by a former employee. She alleges that the defendants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The plaintiff brought the case in a federal district court individually and also on behalf of other employees who are similarly situated.


The Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") provides eligible employees with up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave to care for their own, or a family member's, serious medical condition. Employees are also entitled to FMLA leave for the birth or adoption of a child. To be considered eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must: 1) have been employed for one (1) year; 2) by an employer who has fifty (50) or more employees; and 3) have completed one thousand two hundred and fifty (1,250) hours of service in the previous twelve (12) month period.

Housing authority accused of violating Fair Labor Standards Act

To some Texas readers, being a live-in employee sounds like a good deal, especially the thought of not needing to commute. A housing authority in another state is being accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act after it fired one of its in-house employees. The plaintiff -- a disabled U.S. veteran -- alleges he was thrown onto the street and forced to live in a storm drain after he complained about not receiving overtime pay.

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