Former employee alleges restaurant owner violated FMWA

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 24, 2018

ORLANDO — A former employee is suing an Orlando restaurant owner, alleging violation of the Florida Minimum Wage Act (FMWA).

Sasha Kotellos filed a complaint April 9 in Orange Circuit Court against Downtown Entertainment LLC, doing business as Ember, alleging the restaurant owner failed to provide employees their proper wages, benefits and incentives.

According to the complaint, starting in September 2015, Kotellos worked at the defendant's Ember restaurant as a manager and bartender. Kotellos says he has suffered lost wages as a result of Ember's unlawful conduct in compensating the plaintiff at a rate less than the minimum wage by taking tip credit from his wages. 

The plaintiff alleges Ember failed to compensate him at the applicable minimum wage for all hours worked for performing dual occupational tasks, improperly applying a tip credit to every hour that Kotellos worked, and failed to keep complete and accurate time record of its employee.

Kotellos seeks trial by jury, damages of more than $15,000, declaratory relief, liquidated damage, unpaid wages, interest, attorney fees, court costs and disbursements. He is represented by attorney Michael L. Grossman of Grossman Law PA in Maitland.

Orange Circuit Court Case number 18-CA-3603

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