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Federal Court awards overtime to O’Brien client

On February 28, 2014, federal Judge Sam Sparks awarded an O’Brien Law Firm client $36,900 for unpaid overtime wages and liquidated damages.  The client worked as a short-haul truck driver for the employer for many years, and was paid on a per-load basis.  Unfortunately for the employer, the driver was not exempt from the provisions of the federal overtime law – the Fair Labor Standards Act – and had worked a significant number of 40+ hour work weeks without getting paid any overtime.  During the case, O’Brien obtained a sanctions order against the employer for failing to turn over the driver’s employment records. That case is Rivera v. Eloy Herrera d/b/a Herrera Trucking, A-12-CA-1080-SS, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

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O’Brien Law Firm settles overtime claim for CAD drafter

One job position commonly treated as exempt from overtime, but which appears to be non-exempt under the law (must be paid overtime pay), is a CAD (computer-aided design) drafter. CAD drafters typically use programs such as AutoCAD, IntelliCAD, and Siemens Solid Edge. While CAD drafters typically work on technical designs for complex machinery and structures, […]

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O’Brien Law Firm files suit for unpaid quarterly bonus

On May 18, 2022, the O’Brien Law Firm filed suit in a Travis County court on behalf of a former employee of an Austin-based technology startup geared towards governmental entities. The employee was laid off, but the company failed to pay his promised bonus for the 4th Quarter of 2021. At first, the employee’s manager […]

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