FORT LAUDERDALE – A Broward County resident alleges a Plantation restaurant only paid his regular wage rate for overtime hours and that he was retaliated against for complaining about the pay practices.
Christian E. Aponte filed a complaint on behalf of himself and other similarly situated individuals on Jan. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division against CK at Plantation LLC, doing business as Chicken Kitchen, and Nina Lopez citing the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Nov. 10, 2016, his work hours were reduced and he was subsequently terminated by the defendant in retaliation for his demand to be adequately paid overtime wages for hours worked in excess of 40. The plaintiffs hold CK at Plantation LLC and Lopez responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to pay plaintiff for overtime compensation at the correct rate and failed to maintain proper time records of all hours worked.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants, actual damages for unpaid overtime wages, interest, double/liquidated damages, attorneys' fees, costs of suit, and further relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Zandro E. Palma of Zandro E. Palma PA in Miami.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division Case number 0:17-cv-60021