Food-service employees file class action suit against Starwood Hotels

By Louie Torres | Mar 23, 2017

SCRANTON — Five employees have filed a class action lawsuit against Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide LLC, citing alleged breach of contract, unpaid wages, violation of applicable minimum wage law and violation of workers compensation acts.

Chelsea Henkel, Lisa Hastings, Leonora Mocerino, Craig Mocerino and Lizeth Larkin, all food-service employees with the resort chain, filed a complaint on behalf of others similarly situated on March 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania alleging that the defendants failed to pay minimum wage to the plaintiffs.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that they sustained from not receiving the gratuity fee entitled to them. The plaintiffs hold the defendant responsible because it allegedly breached its contractual agreement with the plaintiffs by failing to distribute the gratuity fee.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek to enjoin the defendant, as well as monetary damages, punitive damages, court costs and any further relief the court grants. They are represented by Matthew J. Blit of Levine & Blit PLLC in New York.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case number 3:17-cv-00384-UN4

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