First created in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) promises most of the U.S. workforce rights that affect their affect their pay and standing within a company. However, when a company chooses to ignore these rights, many times it is up to the employee to file an FLSA lawsuit and bring the company to justice.
Consolidated Telecom Services Inc., a telecom business located in Irving, Texas, has been accused of violating the FLSA’s overtime policies. Earl Hicks filed the lawsuit earlier this month in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, claiming the company failed to compensate Hicks for his extra work.
Hicks, now a former employee of Consolidated Telecom Services, was responsible for requesting proposals for projects, closing out customer documentations, as well as installation and other tasks. Despite having been an employee since October 2013, Hicks found that he was regularly working more than 40 hours per week. Sometimes, he would even be required to work past 60 and 70 hours per week, without being paid the appropriate time-and-a-half overtime rate as required by FLSA law, the complaint stated.
The FLSA lawsuit alleges Consolidated Telecom benefited from the plaintiff’s overtime work, despite not paying Hicks in accordance with the FLSA’s overtime provisions. As a result, Hicks eventually left the Consolidated Telecom and is now in the process of demanding a trial by jury.
In order to make amends for the lack of overtime pay, Hicks’ complaint requests an equal amount to the overtime wages due to him, a judgement against Consolidated Telecom Services, as well as any and all court costs and attorney fees paid by the defendant.