PHILADELPHIA — A bartender has filed a class action lawsuit against Haute Restaurant & Lounge Inc. for allegedly failing to pay him and other employees minimum wage.
Aaron Acoff filed a complaint on April 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the defendant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he worked for approximately 190 to 200 hours during his post-training period at the defendant's restaurant, but he claims that he only received occasional cash payments that totaled $180. As a result, he claims that he did not receive the legal minimum hourly wage of $7.25. The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible for allegedly failing to pay him $7.25 for every hour he worked and $10.875 for every hour he worked in excess of 40 per week.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks unpaid wages, liquidated damages, pre-judgment interest, litigation costs, expenses, fees and any further relief that is just and proper. He 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 2:18-cv-01562-TJS