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Worker Sues After Being Required To Show Up To Job Early

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It's illegal for an employer to require workers to show up early to a job without pay. The Southeast Texas Record reports that one woman who worked in the scaffolding department at the BP plant in Texas City is now suing her employer, claiming that she was required to report for duty at least 10 minutes prior to her actual start time of 7 a.m. Yet she claims that she was not compensated for the extra time.

Dawn M. Jackson filed suit against her employer Jacobs Field Services North America Inc. in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas. She did not name BP as a defendant in the suit.

A Houston employment lawyer is now prepared to argue that Jacobs Field Services disregarded the plaintiffs' rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). FindLaw states that this federal law is supposed to ensure that workers are paid overtime wages (time and a half the employee's regular rate) when they work more than 40 hours in a given work week.

The suit filed against Jacobs alleges that Dawn Jackson and other employees in the scaffolding department were not exempt from overtime wages under the federal law. Furthermore, the suit states that "the defendant did not make a good faith effort to comply with the overtime provisions contained within the FLSA."

Court papers for this case were filed on September 3, where a jury trial has been requested to make a decision on the case.

Related Resources:

  • FLSA Reference Guide (FindLaw)
  • Contact a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • Top 5 FLSA & Overtime Rules for Employers (FindLaw's Free Enterprise Blog)

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