PHILADELPHIA — A restaurant employee is suing Francisco's Salvadoreno Restaurant and its owner, Francisco Mejia, citing alleged unpaid wages, violation of applicable minimum wage law and violation of workers compensation acts.

Maria Urbina, who worked at the Bethlehem restaurant as a cook and dishwasher, filed a complaint on Feb. 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the defendants alleging that they failed to properly compensate the plaintiff for her work.

According to the complaint, Urbina alleges that she sustained damages from not being paid minimum wage or from receiving any overtime pay despite working over 40 hours per week during her employment. Urbina claims that she typically worked six days a week up to 11.5 hours per day but that each day she got paid a flat fee which was insufficient to cover her time worked. The plaintiff holds Mejia and his restaurant responsible because they allegedly failed to pay overtime wages to the plaintiff.

The plaintiff seeks unpaid wages, minimum and overtime wages, liquidated damages, court costs and any further relief the court grants. She is represented by Peter Winebrake, R. Andrew Santillo and Mark J. Gottesfeld of Winebrake & Santillo, LLC in Dresher.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 5:17-cv-00848-JFL

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