MIAMI — A former employee of Santa Fe News & Espresso is suing the parent corporation for allegations of unpaid overtime compensation.
Ivette Estrada filed a lawsuit Dec. 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Miami Division of the Southern District of Florida against Sunny Isles Beach Restaurant Corp., doing business as Santa Fe News & Espresso, citing violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
According to her complaint, Estrada was employed by the defendant from Aug. 15, 2009, through August 2012, working as an hourly-paid kitchen staffer. During the time of employment, her hourly rate increased from $10 per hour to $12 per hour, the claim states. The defendant allegedly failed to compensate for time worked in excess of 40 hours per week at a rate of one-and-one-half times the regular pay rate in violation of the FLSA. The plaintiff claims to have regularly worked over 40 hours per week with strict supervision on a rigid schedule.
Estrada seeks damages for all overtime work, liquidated damages in an equal amount, attorney’s fees, costs, pre-judgment interest and a trial by jury. She is represented by Richard Celler of Richard Celler Legal, PA, in Davie.
U.S. District Court for the Miami Division of the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:15-cv-24712