GRETNA — The attorney for a woman suing New Orleans-based UTC Laboratories says she thinks there is solid evidence the company did not pay wages they owed her client.
The suit, filed by Tara Gamble on May 3, seeks those wages, court costs and 90 days of wages at the daily rate of pay from UTC Labs, which does business as Renaissance RX. The court filing did not include a monetary total for the amount of damages being sought.
“Basically, it’s a wage claim for unpaid wages,” Patricia Adams, Gamble's attorney, told the Louisiana Record. “I think she has a pretty good argument and that they owe her the money.”
Adams said Gamble was an account manager for Renaissance from November 2014 to February 2015. Gamble was working for the company on a commission arrangement.
The attorney said it’s still early in the legal process for Gamble’s case, and the company has yet to respond to the claims outlined in the suit.
“I don’t even know if they’ve even been served yet,” she said. “After that, they would have 15 days to answer.”
Renaissance RX has been the target of many employee-related lawsuits in recent years.
In 2016, the company was accused by a former advertising executive of using her work to deceive investors. In 2015, a doctor accused the company of funneling fraudulent and illegal Medicare tests through his office without his knowledge. Also in 2015, the company was accused by its former CEO of abandoning a deal to provide him a stake in the company.
Adams said her client’s case does not rise to the level of previous suits, and she is unaware in her research of the case that any other employees were denied wages for work they performed.
“They’ve had some legal issues in the past, but this case is not the same type of thing,” she said. “We are just saying she was a contract employee and that they owe her money.”