NEW ORLEANS – A painter has filed a class-action lawsuit against his former New Orleans employer over allegations it did not compensate him at the correct rate for overtime work.
Osman Maldonado, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Feb. 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against New Orleans Millworks LLC and Scott Taranto
alleging that they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he worked at least 55 hours per week without being paid overtime at the statutory rate of one-and-a-half times his regular hourly rate. The plaintiff holds New Orleans Millworks LLC and Taranto responsible because the defendants allegedly willfully violated the overtime provisions of the FLSA by treating him as exempt from overtime requirements and by not paying him overtime compensation.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation for all unpaid overtime wages as well as all applicable liquidated damages, plus interest, attorneys’ fees and costs and such other general and equitable relief. He is represented by Roberto Luis Costales and Emily A. Westermeier of The Costales Law Office in New Orleans and William H. Beaumont of Law Office of William H. Beaumont in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-01015