NEW ORLEANS – A cook has filed a class-action lawsuit against his former Metairie-based employer over allegations he was not paid overtime wages.
Edgar Colorado filed a complaint on behalf of individually and on behalf of all other similarly situated on Dec. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Hoang An Inc., doing business as Broad & Banks Seafood, and Phuoc Van Nguyen alleging that they willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that while he was working for the defendants between March 2006 and September 2016, he did not receive overtime wages. The plaintiff holds Hoang An Inc., doing business as Broad & Banks Seafood, and Nguyen responsible because the defendants allegedly treated him as exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements and never paid him overtime compensation at the rate of one-and-a-half times his hourly rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours a workweek.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order certifying this case as a collective action, award for unpaid wages, plus interest, liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees and cost and such other just and equitable relief. He is represented by Roberto Luis Costales and Emily A. Westermeier of The Costales Law Office in New Orleans and William H. Beaumont of Law Office of William H. Beaumont in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-17017