NEW ORLEANS – An Illinois man is suing a local car dealership for back wages.

Latif A. Qadri filed suit in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Jan. 10 against Eric Hill Automotive.

Qadri claims Hill withheld more than $30,000 in wages from him while he was employed with the dealer from 2010-11. The plaintiff claims the wages were withheld illegally and without cause.

In his suit, Qadri says he was fired from the dealership on Nov. 14, 2011 and three days later he made a written demand for payment, which was denied by Hill.

Qadri is seeking all back wages due plus interest, penalties in the amount of his $609 daily wage for each day after the demand of payment up to 90 days and attorney's fees in the amount of one-third of the award.

Qadri is being represented by Metairie-based John A. Venezia of Venezia and Associates.

The case has been assigned to Division K Judge Herbert A. Cade.

Case number 2012-00259

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