FORT LAUDERDALE – A Broward
County resident alleges a Plantation restaurant only paid his regular wage rate
for overtime hours and that he was retaliated against for complaining about the pay practices.
Christian E. Aponte filed a complaint on behalf
of himself and other similarly situated individuals on Jan. 4 in the U.S.
District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division
against CK at Plantation LLC, doing business as Chicken Kitchen, and Nina Lopez
citing the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs
allege that on Nov. 10, 2016, his work hours were reduced and he was
subsequently terminated by the defendant in retaliation for his demand to be
adequately paid overtime wages for hours worked in excess of 40. The plaintiffs
hold CK at Plantation LLC and Lopez responsible because the defendants
allegedly failed to pay plaintiff for overtime compensation at the correct rate
and failed to maintain proper time records of all hours worked.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek
judgment against defendants, actual damages for unpaid overtime wages,
interest, double/liquidated damages, attorneys' fees, costs of suit, and
further relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Zandro E. Palma
of Zandro E. Palma PA in Miami.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District
of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division Case number 0:17-cv-60021