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