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Debt Consultant Sues Employer For Unpaid Overtime Wages

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One of the most common reasons for a person to hire a Houston employment lawyer is because of a dispute over wages, in particular unpaid overtime wages. The Southeast Texas Record reports that a former debt collector is now suing his former employer CreditAnswers on behalf of a proposed class for not paying overtime wages when he and other debt consultants routinely worked more than 40 hours per week.

The former employee Anthony Atkins filed a lawsuit against CreditAnswers in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, alleging that the defendant willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). On behalf of a proposed class, the plaintiff is seeking an award of unpaid overtime, liquidated damages, attorneys' fees and costs.

According to FindLaw, FLSA states that overtime wages must be paid to non-exempt employees that work more than 40 hours in a given work week. Overtime wages must be at least one-and-one half times the employee's regular rate of pay once the employee reaches the 40 hour mark, regardless of how many hours are worked in a day. In this case, Anthony Atkins claims that neither he nor any other debt consultants had job duties that would make them exempt under FLSA.

There are many exceptions to the overtime rules under FLSA, which is why it's important to have an employment lawyer involved in a case that deals with wage issues. More information about overtime pay can be found through our Related Resources pages.

Related Resources:

  • Minimum Wage and Overtime Basics (FindLaw)
  • Find a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • FLSA Reference Guide (FindLaw)

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