Valets File Lawsuit Against Seven-One-Seven Parking Services for Tip Reimbursement/
MARCUS BODIE V. SEVEN-ONE-SEVEN PARKING SERVICES. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA.TAMPA DIVISION; Case 8:18-cv-00986-SDM-CPT
In a Class Action lawsuit for minimum wages, the attorneys at the Florida employment law firm of Feldman Williams PLLC represent valet attendants of Seven-One-Seven Parking Services. The complaint alleges that all parking valets are entitled to reimbursement of the $3.02 tip credit taken by Seven-One-Seven Parking Services.
The Company Failed to Track and Record Tips/
Seven-One-Seven Parking Services, Inc. has violated the tip credit prerequisites and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Florida Minimum Wage Act (also Article IX, Section 24 of the Florida Constitution), by failing to accurately track and record tips and by their use of an automatically filled in or pre-populated tip amount of $3.02 per hour for each valet attendant on a daily basis.
The lawsuit also alleges that valets were discouraged against reporting additional tips and from disputing the $3.02 per hour. Meanwhile, they, at times even with tips, earned less than the full minimum wage per hour as required by law. The complaint alleges that Seven-One-Seven willfully did this to avoid supplementing the valets with minimum wage payments up to the $3.02 per hour as required under the law to save money.
Recovered Wages and Damages Sought/
The lawsuit thus seeks to invalidate Seven-One-Seven Parking Services, Inc.’s right to the tip credit for the past 5 years, and seeks to recover $3.02 per hour for every hour that every valet attendant worked, plus an equal sum in liquidated damages plus attorney’s fees and costs.
Were You a Valet for Seven-One-Seven Parking?/
If you worked for Seven One Seven Parking Services Inc. and want more information or have any questions, please contact Feldman Williams PLLC. View a copy of the lawsuit (pdf).