Current Investigations & Cases
Haynes v. Shoney’s, Inc.
Plaintiffs sued for race discrimination in recruiting, hiring, promotion and treatment at Shoney’s restaurants. The Shoney’s plaintiffs obtained a settlement of $132.5 million dollars, one of the largest monetary recoveries ever awarded in a Title VII case.
Deliz v. Miller’s Ale House, Inc.
Class action on behalf of servers and bartenders who worked at Miller’s Ale House restaurants in Florida who alleged they were not permitted to retain all of their tips and were required to share tips with employees called expeditors whose inclusion in the tip pool was alleged to be in violation of Article X, Section 24 of the Florida Constitution. Plaintiffs obtained a resolution of the case for $7.5 million.
Roberts et al. v. The TJX Companies et al. (d/b/a TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls)
Class and collective action on behalf of assistant store managers alleging they were misclassified as exempt and were denied overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of forty hours in a work week during their formal training period, which lasted 4 to 5 weeks. Plaintiffs obtained a settlement of $4.75 million on behalf of the settlement classes.
Saunders v. Ace Mortgage Funding; Thorpe v. Ace Mortgage Funding, Inc.
Plaintiffs successfully litigated a multi-state FLSA collective action claim on behalf of loan officers and loan processing officers for alleged minimum wage and overtime violation resolving the case for almost $4 million.
Applegate-Walton v. Olan Mills
Collective and class action on behalf of Studio Photographers for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act including failure to pay overtime compensation for work performed prior to the start of their shift, during scheduled lunch periods, and after the end of their shift. Plaintiffs obtained a settlement of $3 million on behalf of the class.
Gilliam et al. v. HBE Corporation d/b/a Adam’s Mark Hotels
Plaintiffs sued the Adam’s Mark Hotel chain on behalf of individuals who experienced discriminatory treatment when they visited or attempted to stay at the Adam's Mark Hotel to attend the Black College Reunion Week. The case settled in December 2001 for $2.1 million dollars, $600,000 of which was earmarked for four historically black colleges in Florida to pay for scholarships or business management programs.
Prior v. W and O, Inc. (Rustic Inn)
Class action on behalf of servers alleging they were not permitted to retain all their tips and were required to share tips with employees called “pantry workers” who are not customarily tipped employees, in violation of Article X, Section 24 of the Florida Constitution. Successful resolutions of the claims were obtained with a settlement of $647,000.00 on behalf of the class.
Cirillo v. Larry’s of Bonita (Rusty’s Raw Bar and Grill formerly Pelican Larry’s)
Class action brought by bartenders on behalf of themselves and other wait staff against the Pelican Larry’s restaurants located at 1046 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples, FL 34105 and 7785 Davis Blvd., #101, Naples, FL 34104. Plaintiffs allege that restaurants’ practice of requiring them to share tips with kitchen employees, including cooks, violated Florida law (Article X, Section 24 of the Florida Constitution). The Plaintiffs obtained a resolution of the case for a gross settlement of $578,0000.
Warren et al. v. Cook Sales, Inc.
Plaintiffs filed a collective action under the FLSA on behalf of themselves and other sales representatives who sold and rented portable sheds for Cook Sales. Plaintiffs alleged they and other sales representatives routinely worked more than 40 hours per week and Cook Sales denied them overtime pay of one and one-half times their regular rates of pay for hours worked in excess of 40. On behalf of themselves and 61 opt-in plaintiffs, Plaintiffs obtained a settlement of $495,000.
Freitas et al. v. Talk of the Town Restaurants, Inc. et al. d/b/a Charley’s Steakhouse
Class action on behalf of servers and bartenders who worked at Charley’s Steakhouse in Orlando, Florida who alleged they were not permitted to retain all of their tips and were required to share tips with non-wait staff employees, including salad preparers. Plaintiffs obtained a settlement of $405,000 on behalf of the class.
Frizzell et al. v. Big River Breweries, Inc. et al.
Class action on behalf of wait staff employees who worked at Big River Grille & Brewing Works in Orlando, Florida who alleged they were not permitted to retain all of their tips and were required to share tips with non-wait staff employees who worked as expeditors; and were not given adequate notice of the tip credit provisions as required by law in violation of the Florida Constitution. Plaintiffs obtained a settlement of $375,000 on behalf of the class.
Hickman v. Applied Card Systems
Collective action on behalf of individuals employed with Applied Card Systems, Inc. in its Boca Raton, Florida facility as customer service representatives for alleged failure to pay overtime compensation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Conditional certification of the class was granted and the case resolved soon thereafter.
Angione v. PSS Worldwide Medical
Collective action for unpaid minimum and overtime pay on behalf of drivers, inventory managers, purchasers, operations leaders, trainees and accounts receivable representatives who worked for the nationwide medical supply company.
Hayes v. Document Storage Systems, Inc.
Collective action on behalf of Plaintiffs and other Support Specialists who were employed by Document Storage Systems, Inc. alleging they were improperly classified as exempt employees, and were denied overtime compensation in violation of federal law (the Fair Labor Standards Act). On September 22, 2015, the Court granted that notice of the lawsuit be mailed and emailed to putative class members who include Support Specialists, Technical Support Specialists, and Application Support Specialists who worked for DSS since September 21, 2012.
Marshall v. Advanced Comfort, Inc. and Dormia, Inc.
Collective action for unpaid overtime. Plaintiffs alleged retail sales employees were misclassified as exempt and denied overtime compensation. Plaintiffs obtained a favorable result on behalf of retail sales associates who sold mattresses.
Thomas v. Broadband Interactive, Inc.
Plaintiffs brought a collective action for unpaid overtime and minimum wages for their work as cable installers. Plaintiffs alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors and were instead employees of the company that must be paid overtime compensation and minimum wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Smith v. Zacco
Burr & Smith with co-counsel represented a black couple in opposing discrimination and retaliation on the basis of race and color by a building contractor and others in Ocala, Florida in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
DeGrandy v. Wetherell
Charles G. Burr of Burr & Smith successfully battled in federal court on behalf of the NAACP for the redistricting of Florida's congressional and state legislative districts facilitating the election of three black U.S. Representatives from Florida.
Tapia v. Doll House, Inc.
Class action alleging Thee Doll House in Orlando, FL and related entities improperly classified dancers as independent contractors in violation of Florida law, and denied their dancers wages and tips. Plaintiffs seek for themselves and other similarly situated dancers unpaid minimum wages, liquidated damages, and other relief as a result of the alleged illegal conduct. The case is currently pending in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County, Florida, Kenny, et al. v. Stars World Class Men’s Club, LLC. et al, Case No.: 2015- CA-3222-0.
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