BATON ROUGE – A former employee of Nottoway Plantation and Resort alleges that the company failed to pay its employees their full wages and overtime.
Travis Wilford filed a collective-action suit on Feb. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District Court of Louisiana against Nottoway Plantation Inc., Nottoway Properties Inc., Nottoway Properties LLC, and Nottoway Plantation and Resort for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act.
The plaintiff asserts that he was hired in September 2013 by Nottoway through a West Baton Rouge work release program as a dishwasher and part of the after event cleanup crew at Nottoway Plantation/Nottoway Plantation and Resort. Wilford alleges that during his tenure with defendants, which lasted until March 2015, he was supposed to work seven to eight hours a day, five days a week. However, Wilford claims that he worked in excess of eight hours a day on many occasions, totaling in excess 40 hours a week.
The defendants allegedly routinely paid him for fewer hours than what was reflected on his time sheet. In doing so, defendants allegedly deprived Wilford of both minimum wage and overtime wages as is pursuant to the FLSA. Wilford claims that he was not the only employee affected by defendants’ alleged acts.
Wilford is asking the court to issue an injunction against the defendants prohibiting them from engaging in future FLSA violations, award him and collective plaintiffs minimum wage compensations for the hours they worked and liquidated damages equal to minimum wage, issue an award for overtime pay compensation and liquidated damages equal to overtime pay, interests, award Wilford the difference between minimum wage and his hourly wages for which he was not paid, award Wilford up to 90 days penalty wages, and award all the cost of the suit, including attorney fees. Wilford is represented by Jody Forester Jackson and Mary Bubbett Jackson of Jackson and Jackson in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:16-cv-00135-JJB-EWD