PHILADELPHIA – A current and former employee of a restaurant chain allege they were not compensated for overtime work.
Michelle Blofstein and Alexis Flores filed a complaint on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated on Dec. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Michael's Family Restaurant Inc., Emmanuel Petrogiannis, Ioannis Petrogiannis and Nikolaos Petrogiannis citing the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs worked at the defendants' diners as a server.
The plaintiffs hold Michael's Family Restaurant Inc., Emmanuel Petrogiannis, Ioannis Petrogiannis and Nikolaos Petrogiannis responsible because the defendants allegedly allowed the plaintiffs to work for more than 40 hours per week but did not pay them any overtime compensation and also maintained an illegal tip pool.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory damages, liquidated damages, interest, court costs, reimbursement, equitable and injunctive relief, and any further relief the court grants. They are represented by David J. Cohen, James B. Zouras and Ryan F. Stephan of Stephan Zouras LLP in Philadelphia.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:17-cv-05578-RBS