Texas sports fans may be familiar with Tom Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. Benson's former personal assistant is suing the Saints for a failure to pay overtime. He has filed a case against the Saints in a federal court.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was being paid $50,000 per year. He was classified as a salaried employee even though he did not perform any managerial duties. He believes that he should have been paid on an hourly basis and, therefore, entitled to overtime pay. The plaintiff alleges that he worked very closely with Benson and was required to do tasks such as waking up at 4 a.m. to stand outside a local bakery to purchase baked goods to take to the airport to be sent out and others he would deliver himself.
The plaintiff alleges that his regular work shift was 10 hours a day and sometimes he was not given a meal period. During basketball season, he could work up to 14 hours a day and, while the Saints were at training camp, it could be as many as 16. Ultimately, the plaintiff was terminated by the head of human resources after 25 years of service.
Over the last few months of his employment, the plaintiff claims that he was not with Benson as much and was not communicating with him as he had previously. In his lawsuit, the Saints are accused of violating federal labor laws because of the failure to pay overtime. Additionally, he alleges that, based on his employment agreement, he is entitled to a two-year salary for a termination fee because Benson was not the person who terminated him. Texas employees should make it a habit to keep track of the number of hours that they work, especially those involving overtime. If the extra hours are not reflected in their paychecks, they may consider a lawsuit to reclaim the money to which they believe they are entitled.
Source: nola.com, "Saints owner Tom Benson's personal assistant sues team for overtime pay", Katherine Sayre, Nov. 17, 2015