MIAMI – An employee of a Miami-Dade County restaurant alleges she was not paid a minimum wage.
Jeanny Garcia O'Reilly filed a complaint on April 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against The Art of Freedom Inc., doing business as La Esquina De La Fama, and Arlena Lopez citing the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Florida Minimum Wage Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff began working for the defendants in December 2016. She alleges that she routinely worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek but never received overtime compensation or even the statutory minimum wage, and she was also made to pay for walkouts and dropped orders. The plaintiff holds The Art of Freedom Inc. d/b/a La Esquina De La Fama and Arlena Lopez responsible because the defendants allegedly refused to pay plaintiff even a minimum wage for all of the hours that she worked and failed to maintain accurate time records.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in her favor, recover compensatory minimum and overtime wage damages, liquidated damages, interest, attorney's fees, costs, expense, and further relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Brian H. Pollock of Fairlaw Firm in Miami.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-21251