Employees accuse seafood restaurant of unlawful tip pool

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 25, 2018

ORLANDO — Three tipped employees have filed a class action lawsuit against Orange County seafood restaurant operators, alleging unjust enrichment.

Barbara Warrick, Nateshia Pilgrim and Stacey Rodger, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint Sept. 6 in Orange County Circuit Court against High Tide Harry's Inc. and Michael Heretick, alleging they violated the Florida Minimum Wage Act.

According to the complaint, due to the defendants' conduct, Warrick, Pilgrim and Rodger have been damaged for the full amount of tips unlawfully withheld by High Tide Harry's. 

The plaintiffs allege High Tide Harry's and Heretick failed to pay them the minimum wage, failed to maintain payroll and time records as required by law and accepted and retained the benefits of the plaintiffs' labor without compensating them for their services.

Warrick, Pilgrim and Rodger seek trial by jury, judgment jointly and severally, equal to the full amount of lost wages, plus interest, attorney fees, court costs and all other just and equitable relief. They are represented by attorneys N. Ryan Labar and Scott C. Adams of Labar & Adams PA in Orlando.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 18CA009720

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