Helping Local Heroes With Their Wage And Hour Claims
Firefighters and other emergency responders such as paramedics, ambulance personnel and hazardous material rescue workers are natural-born heroes. In an emergency, they will work hard for continuously long hours to ensure the safety of the community. Sometimes, getting paid accurately calculated wages can be challenging.
If you or your loved one is an emergency responder and you feel you are not getting paid fair wages or overtime for the work you do, speak with an experienced wage and hour claims attorney as soon as possible. While the outcome of your claim is not guaranteed, our experienced attorneys at Blakeney Alexander PLLC have a proven track record for obtaining favorable results for our clients.
In an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit in 2001, The district judge found that “the skill in managing the precise factual evaluation of 2600 cases and the skill that [Blakeney] brought to the labyrinth of governmental employee relations law was of the highest order required.” Vela v. City of Houston, 276 F.3d 659 (2001).
You Have A Right To Be Paid All The Wages You Are Owed
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protects your right to fair wages whether you are an employee of the state, a county, a fire district or a municipality. The law requires at least a minimum wage for all nonexempt employees working a 40-hour week. An employer is responsible for paying overtime wages of time and one-half a regular wage for all work that exceeds 40 hours in one week.
Firefighters may qualify for overtime pay on a “work period” basis. Qualifying work periods can be between seven and 28 consecutive days. Because of the nature of continuous work hours in this field of duty, when the number of hours worked exceeds the number of hours in a work period, overtime pay is due. However, exhausted and overworked firefighters may have difficulty keeping an accurate record of their work hours. Consequently, many firefighters do not get the wages or the compensatory time they deserve. If this is the situation for you or your loved one, call Blakeney Alexander PLLC to discuss your legal options.
Contact Our Law Firm In Houston Right Away
Our attorneys assist our local heroes to get their fair wages and compensatory time. Blakeney Alexander PLLC works together with the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 341. Call our office in Houston at 713-222-9115 or send us an email to arrange for a consultation.