PALM BEACH COUNTY—A former Wendy’s employee is suing a restaurant in West Palm Beach for alleged failure to pay overtime compensation and minimum wage.
Mireille Laurent filed a federal claim on Jan. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Jaea Restaurant Holdings LLC, doing business as Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, citing violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
According to the claim, Laurent worked as an hourly employee for the defendant at 7925 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach from approximately 2014 to 2015. The plaintiff claims that on an average work week she made $9.50 per hour and regularly worked in excess of 40 hours per week. Under the FLSA, employers are required to compensate employees time-and-a-half for all hours exceeding 40, which Laurent alleges the defendant did not do.
The plaintiff also claims that the defendant failed to pay for any hours she worked during her final pay period employed by the defendant in violation of the FLSA federal minimum wage provision. Despite requests from the plaintiff, she was reportedly not compensated.
Laurent seeks double damages and attorneys’ fees to be proven at the time of trial, court costs, and interest. She is represented Stuart F. Cohen of Conroy, Simberg in Hollywood, Florida.
US District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 9:16-cv-80038-KLR