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Corrections Officers Sue Jefferson County Over Unpaid Wages

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A jury trial has been requested in a case where Jefferson County corrections officers are suing Jefferson County to obtain compensation for the overtime hours they claim they worked during Hurricane Ike in September 2008. The Southeast Texas Record reports that the Jefferson County Association of Deputy Sheriffs and Corrections Officers filed suit on September 7 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

The federal lawsuit accuses Jefferson County of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) after not paying officers for more than 16 hours a day, even when many officers allegedly worked for a longer period of time during the period of Sept. 12 until Sept. 20, 2008 due to a written order. The officers claimed that they faced termination if they did not follow the written order.

The employees working with Jefferson County now have a Texas employment lawyer representing them in their FLSA case, where they are seeking compensation, attorney's fees, court costs, and interest.

Under FLSA, covered, nonexempt workers must be paid at least time and one-half the employee's regular rate of pay for time worked over 40 hours in a workweek. FindLaw states that this is one of the most basic rules under FLSA and that the law also establishes minimum wage requirements and regulates child labor in addition to having overtime rules. If you feel that your rights were violated under FLSA, you should contact a Houston employment lawyer to learn more information on filing a legal claim.

Related Resources:

  • FLSA Reference Guide (FindLaw)
  • Look for a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • When You Have to Be Paid for Not Working (FindLaw)

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