MIAMI — A former long-term care case manager has filed suit against a previous employer for alleged unpaid wages and violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Eralda-Elouni Essalami filed a complaint Sept. 19 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against American Eldercare Inc., alleging that the employer forced the plaintiff to take FMLA before she needed it and required her to return to work before her time was up despite having given birth to a premature infant.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she worked for more than 40 hours each week without being paid any overtime compensation. The plaintiff holds American Eldercare Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly refused the plaintiff's request for proper accommodation to be able to take care of her newborn child.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks back pay, compensatory damages, liquidated damages, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Noah E. Storch and Richard Celler of Richard Celler Legal, P.A. in Davie.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida case number 0:16-cv-62225-WJZ

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