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The suit, filed Friday claims Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal, associate professor of computer information systems violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, through two music row hotels he owns.
Henry Hernandez left his native Guatemala in 2005.
"I wanted to better myself," Hernandez said through an interpreter. "I knew that there were things in my own country that I wouldn't be able to succeed in unless I came to the United States. I was looking for more opportunity."
Last fall, he was hired to work maintenance at both the Best Western Music Row and the Comfort Inn Downtown hotels.
It was supposed to be a 40-hour-a-week job, but the federal lawsuit claims the hotel management demanded Hernandez work 60 hours a week.
Hernandez says, no matter how many hours he worked, he was only paid $50, with no overtime, no lunch break, and to make matters worse, he claims he was yelled at, and even punched in the face by a supervisor.
"This was very humiliating," Hernandez said. "No one should have to suffer like this."
Hotel management referred all questions to the Dr. Aggarwal. Over the phone, he confirmed he owns both hotels but said, I do not operate the hotels myself and am discussing the matter with the management team.
That hasn't stopped Hernandez or south Nashville non-profit The Worker's Dignity Project from naming Aggarwal in the suit
"I'm happy that Henry came and that we're here with him and he exposed this," said Brenda Perez, the co-chair of the steering committee at organization.
Perez said three other hotel employees came forward with similar complaints against the hotel. Four employees are named as plaintiffs in the suit.
"It does make me sad," Perez said. "I think it makes everybody sad that this would happen in Nashville, the southern city that it is known for its southern hospitality."
Dr. Aggarwal did not comment on any specific questions pertaining to the lawsuit.
The Worker's Dignity Project planned a rally outside the hotels Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, February 17 2013, 11:09 AM CST
Former Dyer County constable sentenced to prison
May 23, 2013 12:50 GMT
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Dyer County Constable Derick Shane Hundley has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
The State Gazette (http://bit.ly/14UHydd ) reported Hundley was sentenced Monday after earlier entering a guilty plea to enticement of a minor through electronic means. The government dropped a child pornography count.
Prosecutors said Hundley, who is 30, used a cellphone to try to entice a minor female to have sex with him. Police arrested Hundley last July and found an external hard drive that contained numerous images of minors involved in sex. He resigned from the constable post he had won in 2010 after his arrest.
Information from: State Gazette, http://www.stategazette.com
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