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NEW ORLEANS - A national accounting firm is being sued by two Louisiana workers who claim they were only paid straight time for their hours worked in excess of 40.

Harvey Busby and Stephen Davidson, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, filed suit against Assurance Forensic Accounting on July 27 in federal court in New Orleans.

Assurance was founded in 2004 and is a licensed certified public accounting firm that specializes in forensic accounting.

The defendant is accused of not paying the workers at the same hourly rate for all hours worked, including those in excess of 40 in a workweek. Busby and Davidson started working for Assurance in mid-2010, performing a variety of accounting and cost analysis work, the suit states.

The workers claim they averaged more than 50 hours per week but were paid at the same hourly rate for all hours worked, including those in excess of 40 in a workweek.

The lawsuit will represent all hourly workers that Assurance paid at "straight time" rates for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek in the past three years, the suit states.

The plaintiffs are seeking an award of damages for unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated damages, interest, attorneys' fees, and court costs.

Busby and Davidson are represented by Derrick Earles of Brian Caubarreaux & Associates in Marksville and Richard J. Burch of Bruckner Burch in Houston. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 2:12-cv-01952

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