Wimberley, Texas convenience store sued for overtime wage violations

Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017    

A convenience store and its owner have been sued in federal court for overtime wage violations. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that generally requires that an employee who works more than forty hours in a week receive overtime pay at one and one-half their regular hourly rate.  The lawsuit alleges that Pennie Tamme worked for Wimberley Mart, Inc. in Wimberley, Texas as a cashier and that she often worked more than forty hours in a week without receiving proper overtime pay in violation of the FLSA.

The suit seeks money damages for unpaid overtime, additional amounts for liquidated damages, and attorney’s fees and court costs. The case is Pennie Tamme v. Wimberley Mart, Inc., and Shaukat Mahesania, Individually, 1:17-cv-720, and is pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. Ms. Tamme is represented by David Langenfeld of the Leichter Law Firm. Mr. Langenfeld is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Disability Discrimination Claims in the Workplace

Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017    

Claims of disability discrimination in the workplace have increased each year since 2014. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it illegal for employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability when it comes to hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, training, or other terms and conditions of employment.

A “qualified individual” is a person with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that the person holds or desires. Some of the most common disabilities that are covered by the ADA are cancer, deafness or hearing loss, heart and cardiovascular impairments, anxiety and depression, back and other orthopedic impairments, and blindness and vision loss.

In addition to those who actually have an impairment, the ADA protects workers whose employer has “regarded” them as being disabled even though they may not be. Attorney David Langenfeld represents workers with disabilities in cases against their employers and former employers. Mr. Langenfeld is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

High school teacher suspended for posting discriminatory rants on Twitter

Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017    

A female high school teacher in West Virginia was suspended from her work due to claims that she had posted Twitter messages filled with discriminatory remarks, a report of Daily News stated on January 10.

According to reports, Huntington High School teacher Mary Durstein had been attacking other religions and races through Twitter rants since 2015. In some of her controversial Twitter posts, Durstein had vented against Muslims, claiming that they are the enemies. Another Twitter post of Durstein, seen by students, claimed President Obama could’ve had familial ties to the African-American suspects of a recent crime involving a disabled teenager. Durstein, who was suspended with pay, reportedly deleted her Twitter account on January 9. The school district officials are expected to investigate Durstein’s behavior to figure out whether further penalties should be imposed on her.

The lawyers of the Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin understand that having your teaching license suspended is frustrating. However, if you have been suspended, we may possibly offer you legal assistance; find out how we may work on your behalf today by calling (512) 495-9995.

Suspension and fine ordered for veterinarian in New York

Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017    

The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) recently suspended a veterinarian and ordered him to settle a fine due to confirmed suspicions that he had certified horses that did not undergo the required examination, an article of BloodHorse reported on December 28.

Reports said the NYSGC, on December 26, announced the 20-day suspension of doctor Camilo and was also ordered him to pay a $1,500 fine after an October incident where he was suspected of giving health certificates to three horses that he had not actually tested. The suspension initially ordered to Dr. Sierra was 30 days and was reduced when he agreed to settle the fine imposed on him. Dr. Sierra is expected to go back to his work on January 15, the date his suspension is expected to end. New York documents showed that Sierra first obtained his veterinarian license in 1992.

Having a professional license suspended often prevents one from achieving their needed income. If you are being threatened with suspension in Austin, the license defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC may work for you. Find out how we may possibly get you desired results by calling (512) 495-9995.

Leichter Law Firm featured in Forbes Magazine

Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016    

The Leichter Law Firm PC was recently featured in an issue of Forbes Magazine.

The article outlines the firm’s work in professional license defense and criminal defense of healthcare employees. It also discusses Louis Leichter’s approach to handling cases.

You can read the feature here.

The professional license defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC are thrilled to be featured in Forbes and are prepared to continue providing the excellent legal representation that helped them earn this recognition.

Doctor’s license suspended in Michigan for overprescribing narcotics

Posted on Sunday, December 11th, 2016    

A license suspension order was recently imposed on a Saginaw, Michigan medical physician because he endangered patients by excessively prescribing them strong medicines that were often abused, an article of mlive.com reported on December 9.

According to reports, Doctor Kriangsak Thepveera’s professional license was immediately suspended by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) after determining the doctor prescribed controlled medications likely to be abused by patients. A report also revealed that among other doctors, Thepveera most frequently prescribed codeine-promethazine, a narcotic-based cough syrup. Thepveera reportedly prescribed over 2,500 patients codeine-promethazine, a well-known recreational drug. Thepveera did not issue a statement regarding the suspension.

Having your doctor’s license suspended is frustrating, especially if your ability to earn a living is negatively affected. However, if you are on the brink of a suspension in Austin, a license defense attorney at the Leichter Law Firm PC may be able to work on your behalf to get you the best results possible. Find out how we can work for you today by calling (512) 495-9995.

Florida teacher threatened with suspension for attacking student

Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2016    

A teacher in Jacksonville, Florida could be suspended from his job without pay due to allegations that he attacked a student in a September incident, an article of News 4 Jax reported on December 6.

Reports said the Duval County School Board would decide whether to penalize Darryl Countryman after the September 27 incident where he allegedly hit a student. According to witnesses, Countryman instructed a co-teacher to bring other students to a separate room as there were two students in a heated argument. The student then complained that Countryman started to hit him when the other students were out of sight. In the investigation conducted by the district’s office, the student Countryman attacked sustained bruises and scars on some parts of his body. Countryman, who was also a certified crisis management professional, explained the incident took place as he was trying to pacify the students.

In the tough situation that your teaching license is threatened with suspension, working with a license defense attorney is a viable option, especially if your family heavily depends on your income as a teacher. Call an attorney at the Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin at (512) 495-9995 to learn more about your legal license defense.

How could an attorney help a chemically dependent professional prevent a license suspension?

Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016    

Licenses are required for many professions like in the field of law, medicine, or education for the public to know they are qualified of doing their jobs. However, professional licenses can be suspended if someone has filed a complaint against the professional. If a drug abuse complaint is filed against a professional, a license defense attorney could help them with the following:

  • Help professionals understand their options
  • Help professionals determine all the charges filed against them
  • Help professionals to have a strong legal argument
  • Help professionals to protect their rights in court
  • Help professionals to make sure their business and interests are protected

License defense attorneys are well-versed in handling such cases and they are trained to preserve the integrity of professionals who are being threatened with suspension. At the Leichter Law Firm PC, our Austin lawyers understand the importance of protecting the license of every professional who are facing suspension. If you are in such situation, call us today at (512) 495-9995 to learn more about our strong legal defense.

County jail nurse in Michigan suspended for sexually assaulting inmate

Posted on Thursday, November 24th, 2016    

A nurse that had been working at the Washtenaw County jail had his professional license suspended due to suspicions that he sexually attacked one of the female inmates inside the facility, a November 23 article in the Detroit Free Press reported.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) on November 18 had suspended Percival Roy Kuizon from practicing his profession after he entered a “no contest” plea due to allegations that he sexually assaulted a female inmate inside the facility where he worked as a jail nurse. The 34-year-old nurse was charged after an incident last year where he allegedly asked an inmate for a sexual favor. Though another inmate had complained about him, jail officials noted that the assaulted woman was “cooperative.” Kuizon could have been sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment if found guilty of the charge, however, his decision to enter a “no contest” may significantly reduce his penalty.

License suspension may result in financial hardships as you are prevented from practicing your profession. However, if you think a suspension of your license is likely to happen, working with a skilled attorney is a viable option for you to possibly prevent it. Call an Austin attorney of the Leichter Law Firm PC at (512) 495-9995 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

Middle school teacher in NC suspended for profane rant

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016    

A middle school teacher in Durham, North Carolina was suspended recently after she was found using profanity while ranting in one of her classes, an article of WNCN reported on November 11.

A statement coming from Superintendent Bert L’Homme revealed that teacher Majonica Haithcox was suspended after one of her students recorded an incident in which she was expressing her dismay with the election outcome. Unfortunately, she did so in the classroom while using excessive profanity in her language. In the recording, the eighth-grade teacher at Shepard Middle School was heard venting her frustration to students using vulgar words. L’Homme also said that Haithcox’s action of using foul language in front of her students was intolerable.

Teachers, unfortunately, have to deal with serious financial problems when their professional licenses are suspended. If you feel a suspension could be coming your way, working with a skilled license defense attorney is important if you want to possibly have a chance to prevent it. Find out how an attorney at the Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin may be able to represent you today by calling (512) 495-9995.

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