Former Employee Sues Psychiatrist Uzma Zafar M.D. d/b/a Axis Psychiatry for Overtime Wages
Dr. Uzma Zafar, a graduate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan, is sued in the Federal Court by Marsadie Lewis, a former employee, for not paying overtime, citing the Fair Labor Standards Act. The lawsuit is filed on the first day of the new year, January 1st, 2024.
Defendant Dr. Zafar, d/b/a Axis Psychiatry, employed Ms. Lewis as a Lead Medical Assistant at her private practice. As per the complaint, during her period of employment, Ms. Lewis, an hourly wage employee, worked well in excess of a 40-hour work week. It is alleged that in addition to working a standard eight-hour work day Monday through Friday each week, Ms. Lewis worked approximately an additional four to five hours a week and, again, roughly an extra seven to eight hours each week on Saturday or Sunday. The material allegations outlined in the complaint report Ms. Lewis’s best estimate is that she worked an additional 11 to 13 hours per week over and above the standard 40-hour work week. It is alleged that Dr. Zafar did not pay Ms. Lewis for any hours worked over and above a standard 40-hour work week.
Ms. Lewis’s attorney claims Ms. Lewis was an hourly employee paid at the rate of $18.00 an hour, and her work was not exempt from the overtime pay requirements of the FLSA; Defendant Dr. Zafar was legally required to compensate Ms. Lewis for all hours worked over and above 40 each work week at the premium rate of $27.00 an hour. Per the complaint, Ms. Lewis worked an estimated 888 hours of overtime, which amounted to $23,976, for which she was not paid at the required overtime premium rate.
It is also alleged that Defendant, acting through its principal Uzma Zafar, wrongfully interfered with Ms. Lewis’s opportunities for employment following the cessation of Ms. Lewis’s employment with Defendant.
Ms. Lewis, through her lawyer, is asking for overtime pay along with the liquidated damages of an additional $23,976, a further 30 days’ wages and compensation, not less than $4,320.20, due and owing to her under Nevada laws, additional damages in tort for Defendant’s wrongful interference with prospective economic advantage and attorneys’ fees as applicable under the Federal and State labor laws.
Dr. Uzma Zafar graduated from Fatima Jinnah Med. College, Lahore, Pakistan, and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. https://www.uzmazafarmd.com/