Lawsuit filed against Coors of Austin for “Chinese Overtime”

The employment attorneys at Dunham & Jones, P.C., have sued Coors of Austin in Federal Court alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The suit filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas alleges that Coors of Austin failed to pay Jesus Valenzuela, and a group of similarly situated employees, time and one-half their regular hourly rate for all hours worked over forty in a workweek. Mr. Valenzuela was employed by Coors of Austin as a “Merchandiser”. The suit alleges that Mr. Valenzuela worked long hours “travelling to Defendants’ retail customers and stocking shelves and coolers, building and maintaining point-of-sale displays, and rotating product in furtherance of Defendants’ wholesale beer business.” However, rather than paying time and one-half for overtime hours, it is alleged that Coors of Austin calculated overtime pay using a formula known as “Chinese Overtime” that often resulted in an hourly rate less than minimum wage. The suit was filed in Austin, Texas on November 21, 2013.

About Doug Welmaker

Douglas B. Welmaker is an Employment Attorney with Dunham & Jones, Attorneys at Law, PC. He was raised in Houston, Texas and has been practicing labor and employment law for 20 years, representing Defendants and Plaintiffs in both state and federal court. In the last seven years, he has limited his practice to representing employees who have been wrongfully denied overtime pay in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Mr. Welmaker handles employment cases including retaliation, minimum wage and overtime violations. You may contact him at 1-800-344-4444.