NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana man claims he was underpaid by his former employer, who allegedly failed to compensate him for overtime hours he worked.
Juan Pablo Lopez filed a class-action lawsuit March 22 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against FINS Construction LLC, its owner and president, Robert L. Armbruster Jr. and owner/operator Nicole L. Armbruster, alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, Lopez is filing the suit on behalf of himself and 14 other Spanish-speaking laborers who worked for the defendants. Lopez, who painted, hung sheet rock and finished drywall, says he earned $17 per hour, but was never paid time-and-a-half for hours he worked in excess of 40 per week. The suit says Lopez often topped 40 hours, working six or seven days a week.
Lopez and other class members seek a jury trial, recovery of unpaid wages, liquidated damages, an injunction banning future FLSA violations, interest and litigation costs. They are represented by attorneys of Roberto Luis Costales and William H. Beaumont of New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-02408