Former Employees Sue Edinburg Business Over Unpaid Wages

MCALLEN, Texas – January 16, 2013 — Seven former employees of Edinburg’s Bella Hacienda Adult Day Care have filed a lawsuit against the business for failing to pay them proper wages.

Represented by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) and the South Texas Civil Rights Project (STCRP), the workers claim that they were promised wages between $8 and $9 an hour but were not paid for most or all of the time they worked at the day care in 2012. Several of the workers also claim that the day care failed to reimburse them for work-related expenses.

“They put in an honest day’s work,” said TRLA attorney Kelsey Snapp. “But at the end of the day, they returned home without a paycheck.”

The workers are suing under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Texas Minimum Wage Act, and the Texas Theft Liability Act. The laws establish a minimum wage and guarantee time-and-a-half wages for overtime worked in certain jobs.

Added Snapp, “The law is clear – if employees work the hours, they must be paid.”

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.

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