Former Employees Sue Brownsville Business Over Unpaid Wages

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – December 18, 2012 – Four former employees of Brownsville’s Carwash Plus have filed a lawsuit against the company for failing to pay them proper wages while they worked there between 2011 and 2012.

Represented by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), Johnathon Flores, Mark Kasick, Gerardo Lucio, and Luis Villarreal argue that they were required to work between 54 and 70 hours per week and were paid at a rate between $1.10 and $2 an hour. The lawsuit details how the employees were required to be on the company’s property at all times and were disciplined if they tried to leave without a supervisor’s permission.

According to TRLA attorney Kelsey Snapp, “The employees were required to be at work but were only paid for the minutes they were literally touching someone’s car. That’s unacceptable and against the law.”

The former employees are suing under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Texas Minimum Wage Act. The laws establish a minimum wage and guarantee time-and-a-half wages for overtime worked in certain jobs.

“Employers can try all the tricks they want to avoid paying fair wages, but it won’t work,” added Snapp. “The law protects workers from these shenanigans.”

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services. For more information on TRLA visit us online at www.trla.org.

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