The Federal Court-Southern District of Texas- Corpus Christi Division has granted Conditional Certification of a Collective Action on behalf of City of Corpus Christi wastewater workers who allege they are owed for years of unpaid on-call pay.
The collective action complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleges that the City of Corpus Christi violated, among other things, the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay the hourly wastewater department employees “on call” pay.
The suit seeks unpaid wages and damages for the wastewater department collections division crew members and foremen who were required to be on call after hours, and similarly situated employees who choose to join the collective action.
“Our clients are engaged in a maximum struggle for their minimum owed wages. These City workers are the backbone of what runs this City and protects its citizens. They ask for nothing more than a fair day’s pay for a hard day worked. It’s time to put these workers first,” states Greg Herrman, managing partner of Herrman and Herrman Law Firm. Attorneys on the pleading for the workers are Greg Herrman, Daniel Covich and Josh Hopkins.
The lawsuit alleges that the city workers routinely worked more than 40 hours a week without on-call compensation contrary to the City’s written policy, and in violation of provisions of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.