FORT LAUDERDALE – A Broward County woman formerly employed as property manager claims she was wrongfully terminated for reporting allegedly unlawful conduct.

Michele Gardner filed a complaint on Jan. 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Silver Thatch Atlantic Plaza Condominium Association Inc. citing the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Private Sector Whistleblower Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff worked for the defendant from April to November 2016 and was not paid overtime premiums. The suit states that the plaintiff reported to the defendant that one of its board members was allegedly using the defendant's credit card for personal expenditures. She alleges she was wrongfully terminated for reporting the purported conduct.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks overtime payment, wages, salary, lost benefits, interest, liquidated damages, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Paul O. Lopez and Megan L. Janes of Tripp Scott P.A. in Fort Lauderdale.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 0:17-cv-60215-DMM

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