NEW ORLEANS – A former employee for a Metairie-based construction company alleges he was only paid straight time for overtime hours worked and has filed a class-action suit.

Ricky Riojas filed a complaint on behalf of individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated filed a complaint on Jan. 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Barriere Construction Co. LLC alleging that the employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he normally worked more than 40 hours in a week without being paid proper overtime compensation at the rate of time-and-one-half his regular rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 per week. The plaintiff holds Barriere Construction Co. LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly paid him the same hourly rate for all hours worked, including those in excess of 40 in a workweek. The suit states the plaintiff worked for the defendant from January to October 2016.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order allowing this action to proceed as a collective action, award for all unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees and costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and such further relief he may be entitled. He is represented by Richard J. (Rex) Burch and Matthew Parmet of Bruckner Burch PLLC in Houston, Texas and Michael A. Josephson of Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson in Houston, Texas.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-00758

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