Santa Rosa Insulation and Fireproofing, a Miami, FL-based operation, is the target of a class action suit that alleges the employer knowingly violated state and federal wage laws. Plaintiff Ramon Castellanos, a former Santa Rosa warehouseman, filed the suit on behalf of himself and others similarly situated. The lawsuit specifically contends Castellanos and other fellow employees were not paid minimum overtime wages, and minimum regular wages, when they worked each week for Santa Rosa.
The defendants in the class action suit are the corporation and the two individuals who own and operate Santa Rosa Insulation and Fireproofing. Raul Puig, according to the complaint, was responsible for the day-to-day operations during the class period, such as creating the staff’s schedule and paying the wages. Rafael Puig was involved in managerial and financial operations of the business. Both men were so heavily involved in the inner workings of Santa Rosa that the complaint asserts they should be liable for the wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Act states that an employee who works more than forty hours in one week must be compensated for the excess hours at a rate no less than one-and-a-half times the regular rate for which he normally is compensated.
Castellanos was employed as a warehouseman at Santa Rosa from September 2013 to April 2015. The lawsuit alleges he logged an average of seventy-five hours per week at a rate of $6/hour, never receiving the overtime rate when he worked in excess of forty hours. In addition to the overtime pay never received, Castellanos is also seeking compensation for his minimum regular wage. In July 2009, the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 an hour. The complaint asserts that Santa Rosa and its operators knowingly and willfully violated the federal minimum wage law by paying its employees $6/hour, in addition to the overtime pay infringement.
Castellanos is seeking double damages and attorney fees in this class action suit against his former employer.Article Type: Lawsuit