ORLANDO – A Citrus County restaurant is accused of failing to pay employees a minimum hourly rate and other wage law violations.
Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Department of Labor Edward C. Hugler
filed a complaint on March 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Florida against The River Ranch Bar & Grille LLC and
Ryan W. Blakeslee
alleging that they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, since April 28, 2015,
defendants repeatedly violated the provisions of the provisions of
7 and 15(a)(2) of the Act. The plaintiff holds The River Ranch Bar
& Grille LLC and Blakeslee responsible because the
defendants allegedly employed employees for workweeks longer than 40
hours per week without compensating them for their employment in excess
of 40 hours at rates not less than one-and-one-half times the regular
rates and failed to pay a minimum wage.
The plaintiff requests a
trial by jury and seeks an order permanently enjoining defendants, award
back wages for a period of two years prior to the commencement of this
action and liquidated damages to employees and such other and further
relief. He is represented by Nicholis C. Geale, Stanley E. Keen and
Robert L. Walter of Office of the Solicitor U.S. Department of Labor in
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Case number 5:17-cv-00094