CLEARWATER — A cook has filed a class action lawsuit against her former employer, alleging of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and workers compensation acts.

Cassandra Gaete filed a complaint, individually and on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated Sept. 18, in Pinellas Circuit Court against Tarpon Turtle Grill & Marina LLC, alleging the defendant failed to pay employees for all hours worked.

According to the complaint, Gaete, who worked as a line cook from March 15 until her termination April 3, and other similarly situated employees, have suffered the loss of earnings. The suit says they worked in excess of 40 hours per week, but were not compensated at the statutory rate of one and a half their regular rate of pay as required by FLSA. 

The plaintiffs allege Tarpon Turtle Grill & Marina denied them their full and proper overtime compensation required by the FLSA, and showed reckless disregard of the provisions of the FLSA.

Gaete seeks trial by jury, unpaid overtime compensation or liquidated damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, costs and all other relief the court deems fair. She is represented by attorney Noah E. Storch of Richard Celler Legal PA in Davie.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 17-C-5680

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