Two Tampa Bay women filed a class-action lawsuit on Dec. 4 against their former employer, Tampa Gold Club, for allegedly withholding payment for hours worked and failing to pay minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Chelsea Houle and Deliah Ploski allege the club did not pay employees at a wage consistent with the FSLA. Houle and Ploski are seeking unpaid minimum wages for themselves and their coworkers.
The plaintiffs were employed by the establishment as servers. Under FSLA, they were considered employees, thus they allege they were entitled to minimum wage compensation. They claim that the establishment violated the tip-credit stipulation by having non-tipped employees included on tipped commissions. They also allege instances where employees were required to pay a certain amount in tips to receive their paychecks.
Houle and Ploski are seeking unpaid wages equal to the amount of wages owed consistent with state and federal minimum wage requirements for the plaintiff and other affected individuals. They also are asking that potential employees and former employees be notified about the suit.
The plaintiffs are being represented by Luis Cabassa and Brandon Hill of Wenzel Fenton Cabasa, P.A. in Tampa.
United States District Court Middle District of Florida Tampa Division case number 8:14-cv-03034-RAL-TBM.