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Employee Claims Wrongful Termination After Requesting Workers' Compensation

An employee at Landtel Communications and Rignet claims that he was wrongfully terminated from his position as a field technician  after he filed for workers compensation benefits, according to the Southeast Texas Record. The employee also claims the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act for failing to pay overtime rates for hours worked in excess of forty hours in a given week.

The now former employee Donnie Nash has a Texas employment lawyer and has filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. Donnie Nash is seeking more than $500,000 in damages for the FLSA and Texas Labor Code violations, which includes back pay, front pay, mental anguish, overtime pay for the preceding three years, liquidated damages, punitive damages, attorney's fees, expert fees, interest, and court costs.

The plaintiff claims that he was in an automobile accident during his regular work duties and had requested a reimbursement for medical expenses related to the incident. However, a supervisor questioned the route that Donnie Nash had taken at the time of the accident and terminated the man's employment with the company.

Many Houston employment lawyers might see terminating an employee after requesting workers' compensation as a form of retaliation. FindLaw states that both federal and state workplace safety laws prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee who asserts his or her rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act or other state laws. You can contact a Houston employment lawyer for more information on retaliation-related claims.

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