Work release convict suing former employer for back wages

Kyle Barnett Sep. 20, 2012, 1:00am

GRETNA – A former convict who was working under a work release program for Terrebonne Parish is suing his former employer for non-payment of wages.

Aaron Joseph filed suit against Tri-Parish Industries, Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Aug. 5.

Joseph claims he was an inmate in Terrebonne Parish and participated in the Terrebonne Parish Transitional Work Program working for Tri-Parish offshore as a deckhand earning $115 per day. The plaintiff alleges that he was not paid the full amount he was owed in the work period from September to November 2010. Joseph asserts he is owed $5,250 in unpaid wages.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for back pay, 90 days of penalty wages at $10,350 and reasonable attorney's fees.

Joseph is represented by Jody Foster Jackson of New Orleans-based Jackson & Jackson.

The case has been assigned to Division H. Judge Glenn B. Ansardi.

Case no. 717-844.

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