MIAMI – A class action has been filed against a Miami-Dade County flower shop over allegations it misclassified employees as independent contractors.

Mayra A. Bedoya filed a complaint on behalf of herself and other similarly-situated individuals on March 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against South Florals DC LLC, Samuel D. Noriega and Daniel L. Sanchez citing the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she was employed by the defendant from February 2015 to February 2017. She alleges she worked 47.5 hours per workweek and was unable to take a lunch break. The plaintiff holds South Florals DC LLC, Noriega and Sanchez responsible because the defendants allegedly misclassified plaintiff in direct violation of the labor code and failed to compensate plaintiff for overtime work. She also alleges she was unlawfully terminated because of her complaints about unpaid overtime and because of her pregnancy.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants, actual damages, unpaid overtime, double damages, attorneys' fees, costs of suit, and further relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Zandro E. Palma of Zandro E. Palma PA in Miami.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-21157

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