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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 2:29 pm on March 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Coane and Associates’ Client Sues Company for Overtime Pay 

    Our law firm, Coane and Associates, just recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a client for overtime pay. Our client worked at Liberty Power Corporation in South Florida, and claims that the company had him working more than 40 hours a week without any extra pay or overtime.

    In 2011, the company installed time clocks and then started paying proper overtime, but before that, they were simply paying regular hourly rates to workers. The Fair Labor Standards Act generally requires employers to pay their non-exempt workers 1.5 times their hourly rate for hours worked in excess of 40 in a week.

    Our client was also fired by the company and has a discrimination complaint pending with the EEOC. The lawsuit is filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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    About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law, and, immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at houstonlaw@aol.com, 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 3:13 pm on January 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: employee complaint, , violation of Title VII   

    Race Discrimination Case Against Kroger Set for June Trial 

    Our law firm, Coane and Associates, PLLC is currently representing a black female who has worked for over 15 years in one of the largest retail food companies in the United States, Kroger Co., LLP. When our client became an employee of Kroger in 1995, she was well qualified for the position and had been a productive and competent cashier at the Kroger store in Sugar Land, Texas.

    Our client’s lawsuit alleges that she has experienced a hostile work environment, discrimination and sex and racial harassment from a co-worker. Our client alleges that the co-worker (now fired) would call her names (including the “N” word) and stalk her before and after work. What’s worse is that when she reported it to the general manager of the Kroger store, the management still did not take any action about it, claiming that the man was a “special needs” employee, and she should ignore his harassment.

    Our client’s complaints, which she filed on February 2009, include violation of Title VII and Retaliation, and Negligence. She states that she was retaliated against when her work schedule unexpectedly changed to a later shift and her original shift was given to employees with less seniority.

    Interestingly, our client continues to work at the Kroger store in Sugar Land, Texas, notwithstanding her federal court lawsuit against the company. Perhaps the fact that she is a member of a union, allows her job to be protected during the litigation. Trial is set for June 2012 in Houston, Texas.

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    Bruce Coane is a leading lawyer with 30 years of experience in the field of immigration law and employment law. He may be reached via email at houstonlaw@aol.com or his website at Coane and Associates.

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 10:16 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Race discrimination case against Carnival Cruise Lines 

    Tomorrow, I am taking a deposition in my client’s case against Carnival Cruise Lines. My client was a lead singer aboard Carnival ships and the company refused to renew his contract at the end of 2009, and again in 2010. After he filed a complaint with the EEOC, they continued to refuse to take him back, which he believes is in retaliation for filing with the EEOC. Tomorrow’s deposition is of one of his supervisors, and a current employee of Carnival.

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    Bruce Coane is a leading lawyer with 30 years of experience in the field of immigration law and employment law. He may be reached via email at houstonlaw@aol.com or his website at Coane and Associates.

     
  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 11:13 am on August 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , employee complaint, , U.S. District Court   

    Our law firm recently settled a sex harassment case 

    Our law firm recently settled a sex harassment case involving male-on-male sex harassment in the work place.

    The case was filed in the U.S. District Court in Victoria, Texas. The lawsuit alleged that the a co-worker grabbed our client’s private parts on various occasions.

    Our client states that he complained to management but they never did anything, saying it was just horseplay. Eventually, our client was fired. He filed a complaint with the EEOC, and then proceeded with a lawsuit. He alleged that he was fired in retaliation for complaining about sex harassment

    The case went to mediation before the lawsuit was filed, but could not be resolved. Following a meeting with the federal judge, the parties negotiated and the sex harassment case was just recently settled, and the lawsuit was dismissed.

    It is important to remember that, in order to preserve a claim for sex harassment, the employee normally must complain to HOUR or to upper level management. The failure to complain could cause the claim to be void. In this case, the employee did complain and, as alleged, the employer failed to take any remedial action.

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    Bruce Coane is a leading lawyer with 30 years of experience in the field of immigration law and employment law. He may be reached via email at houstonlaw@aol.com or his website at Coane and Associates.

     
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