The FairLaw Firm first took the case of Oscar Bermudez Rodriguez to trial against Demolition King, Inc. and Guillermo Gonzalez before United States Magistrate John J. O’Sullivan on February 17-18, 2015. Mr. Bermudez claimed that he was misclassified as an independent contractor and deprived of overtime pay. Prior to trial, Mr. Bermudez had filed a Statement of Claim for $3,211 – meaning that he claimed that he was owed $3,211. On the evening of October 18, 2015, the jury returned a verdict for Mr. Bermudez for $6,000 after deliberating for about 90 minutes.
Last week, the FairLaw Firm took the case of Yunier Ortega to trial against Las Brisas Restaurante LLC and Jose Segundo Martinez before United States District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on March 30-31, 2015. The issues to be decided by the jury were whether Mr. Martinez was an employer and responsible for all damages, as well as the amount of damages suffered by Mr. Ortega for being retaliated against when he asked about getting paid minimum wages and overtime wages. After having worked at Las Brisas in Hollywood Florida for approximately 6 months, the jury returned a verdict for Mr. Ortega for $31,000 in retaliation damages and found that Mr. Martinez was as responsible as his restaurant for all damages. This amount was in addition to the $27,888 judgment that Mr. Ortega had already received for unpaid minimum wages, overtime wages, and liquidated damages.
The FairLaw Firm provide free consultations and handles overtime/minimum wage cases on contingency.