MIAMI—A man alleges a body shop neglected to pay overtime during his six years of working as a car polisher.
Ruben Dario Parra filed a suit in the Southern District of Florida on Jan. 12 against Ramon Arturo Caffi, doing business as Caffi Brothers Body Shop; and Janet Caffi. The suit cites violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act in the form of allegedly neglecting to pay for overtime and/or minimum wage.
According to the claim, Parra was an employee of the Caffi Brothers Body shop from Nov. 15, 2000 through Jan. 4, 2016, working for minimum wage as a car polisher. Parra alleges that the defendant willfully and intentional refused to pay for his overtime, violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. Because the defendant’s business involves work affecting interstate commerce, the suit contests the act is applicable to all other workers similarly situated against the defendant.
Parra says he worked an average of 75 hours a week during him six-year employment with the defendant. The claim was originally filed three years ago, and the amended claim seeks to cover all employees who have been employed by the defendant who allegedly suffered from the lost wages.
Parra seeks a trial by jury, double damage to be proven at the time of trial and litigation fees from the defendant, jointly and severally. He is represented by J.H. Zidell of Miami, Florida.
Southern District of Florida Court Case number 1:16-cv-20156-JLK