Overtime Wages, Damages Sought For 79 Security Guards
U.S. DOL Files Lawsuit Against San Antonio, Texas Company Seeking $114,000 In Overtime Back Wages, Damages For 79 Security Guards
A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found that the pay practices of a San Antonio, Texas company that exclusively hires military veterans to work as security guards violated federal law and shortchanged 79 employees of $57,465 in overtime back wages.
On Nov. 19, 2021, the Department of Labor filed a lawsuit in United States District Court for the Western District of Texas against Texas Veteran Security LLC and its owner, Gerard X. Morales, to recover the wages. The lawsuit seeks the back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages totaling $114,930 for the workers, as well as injunctive relief.
Investigators with the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the employer paid its workers on a bi-weekly basis and failed to compute overtime after 40 hours in a workweek on a consistent basis, resulting in the payment of overtime hours at the straight-time rate in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The employer also violated the FLSA’s recordkeeping provisions.
Texas Veteran Security LLC provides armed and unarmed security guards, as well as private investigative services. The company also employs off-duty Texas peace officers and commissioned security officers.
To view a copy of the complaint filed by the Department of Labor, please click Texas Veteran Security, LLC.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor.
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