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Quality Meats Miami Beach Chef Unpaid Overtime Class Action Lawsuit

This class action lawsuit has been brought by two former pastry chefs employed at Quality Meats Miami Beach who claim that they were systematically denied overtime payment at a rate of time and a half as required by law, despite working an average of 64 hours per week.

According to the complaint in this lawsuit, plaintiffs Victoria Bedard and Zakiya Lawrie Newton were both employed as pastry chefs by Meats on the Beach LLC, which owned and operates Quality Meats Miami Beach. Both worked for defendants during time periods spanning January 2015 and August 26, 2015. Plaintiff Bedard states that dating from April 7, 2015 through the end of her employment, she was paid an average hourly rate of $10.51, working 64 hours per week. Plaintiff Newton was paid an average hourly rate of $12.01, also working 64 hours weekly. Neither plaintiff was paid overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week as required by law, and they are both therefore claiming payment of $5.25 and $6.00, respectively, for hours clocked during the course of employment for past due overtime.

It is claimed in this class action lawsuit that the defedants willfully and intentionally refused to pay appropriate wages pursuant to the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, despite being fully aware of them and/or failing to ensure that Company practices were in line with the law. Consequently, plaintiffs are now seeking the unpaid wages they claim are still owed, an equal amount in liquidated damages and reasonable attorney fees and court costs.

The purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act, also commonly referred to as the Wages and Hours Bill, is to establish a minimum wage, rules for overtime pay and record keeping standards benefitting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector as well as those employed by federal, state and local government entities. The Act applies to employees who are "engaged in interstate commerce or in the production of goods for commerce, or who are employed by an enterprise engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce." Typically speaking, an employer doing at least $500,000 of business or has $500,000 in gross sales annually will fall under the requirements of the FLSA, provided no other exception is applicable. Thus, such enterprises will have to follow minimum wage, overtime and all other regulations when it comes to their employees.

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Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Employment

Most Recent Case Event

Pastry chefs sue for overtime pay

September 24, 2015

The complaint alleges that the pastry chefs were required to work 64 hours a week but were not paid time and a half for all hours worked over 40 each week.

meats_on_the_beach_pastry_chef_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

Pastry chefs sue for overtime pay

September 24, 2015

The complaint alleges that the pastry chefs were required to work 64 hours a week but were not paid time and a half for all hours worked over 40 each week.

meats_on_the_beach_pastry_chef_complaint.pdf
Tags: Employment Violations, Unpaid Overtime, Your Job