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SAN ANTONIO — An employee at the Texas Workforce Commission’s Office of Career Development is suing the agency and the state over her employment status.
A federal court has ruled that the agency is not required to compensate the woman for the unpaid overtime she has worked since April, when she left the agency to start her own business.
She says she was forced to work overtime hours to cover her bills.
In an internal document obtained by The Associated Press, the agency says the woman’s employer owes her $15,500 and is entitled to 20 percent of any wages paid.
But she alleges she is owed an additional $1,200 for unpaid overtime.
A lawsuit filed by the Texas Commission on Human Rights on Thursday alleged the agency has retaliated against her for filing a complaint against the agency.
The lawsuit seeks $20 million in damages.
The state is seeking $7 million.