Our employment lawyers successfully represented a group of emergency medical service (EMS) drivers for a Houston EMS company. The company paid all back overtime pay, a penalty, and attorney’s fees.
Our clients were former non-exempt emergency medical technicians of two EMS companies that required them to travel to various homes to transport patients to medical facilities, including dialysis centers. Although the EMTs were required to and in fact did frequently work more than 40 hours per week, they were not compensated with the Fair Labor Standards Act mandated time-and-a-half rate for hours in excess of forty (40) hours.
In this case, the employers hatched a scheme deliberately designed to deny the EMTs overtime pay. The named employers would issue one paycheck for all regular hours. Another paycheck would be issued for all hours in excess of forty by an affiliated company. However, no premium would be paid for any hours over forty.
Our firm also sought an injunction in federal court when the employer illegally retaliated against our clients by filing defamation cases against them in state court in the Valley. The owner of the EMS company was an attorney who abused the legal system. In the end, the federal judge set the injunctive matter for an evidentiary hearing and the Defendant decided to pay what he should have paid in the beginning. This is a perfect example of how Galvin Kennedy and Don Foty will protect our clients to the fullest extent of the law, especially when an employer retaliates.
If you are an EMS driver, paramedic, or emergency medical technician suffering from unfair pay practices at work you can contact our office to have one of our employment lawyers review your case for free. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we don't' recover money in your case you don't owe us anything. Send us a confidential contact form today, or call 888-449-2068 for a free case review.