Albuquerque city attorney flips on wage dispute

February 26, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — City Attorney David Tourek has reversed his position and now says he will represent a former Albuquerque malt shop employee to enforce the city’s new [auth] minimum wage.

Tourek told reporters on Tuesday that he will represent Kevin O’Leary in his suit against former employer Eric Szeman, owner of Route 66 Malt Shop. The two are at odd over money owed to O’Leary from a new mandated minimum wage hike.

Tourek says he is helping O’Leary because no private attorney had stepped in to help him.

But he says he still doesn’t have the resources to bring numerous lawsuits on behalf of private employees against their employers.

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