TAMPA – A Sarasota
County woman has filed a class-action suit against a Manatee County
restaurant over allegations she was terminated for attempting to
exercise her rights to a medical leave.
Barbra Warren filed a
complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on Jan. 27 in the
Tampa Division of the Middle District of Florida
Continental Kitchens Inc., doing business as Harry's Continental
Kitchens, and Harold R. Christensen
citing the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she
worked for more than 40 hours per week without being paid the minimum wage during her employment from January 2014 to October 2016.
The plaintiff holds Continental Kitchens Inc., doing business as Harry's
Continental Kitchens, and Christensen responsible because the
defendants allegedly took advantage of the plaintiff's tip credit and
required their employees to participate in a mandatory tip pool and
retaliated against her when she attempted to take a leave that would
qualify under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
requests a trial by jury and seeks lost wages, benefits and other
remuneration, reinstatement, back pay plus interest, front pay,
liquidated damages, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the
court deems just. She is represented by Donna V. Smith of Wenzel Fenton
Cabassa PA in Tampa.
Tampa Division of the Middle District of Florida Case number 8:17-cv-00222-EAK-TBM