RNT Hospitality Group, LLC, which does business as Astoria Hotel West, and two individual owners have been named in a proposed collective action seeking allegedly unpaid overtime wages. The plaintiff, a former front desk clerk at the hotel, alleges that she worked more than 60 hours per week for straight-time pay, meaning she did not receive time-and-a-half overtime pay for hours worked over 40. The lawsuit claims that along with the plaintiff’s straight-time wages, the defendants paid her a “bonus” to serve in lieu of overtime wages that did not properly compensate her for all hours worked. The plaintiff further alleges that she did not receive any compensation at all for the last two weeks that she worked at the hotel.
The lawsuit also claims that the plaintiff was unlawfully discharged after the defendants became aware of her intention to sue them for allegedly unpaid overtime wages. From the complaint:
“…[P]rior to March 29, 2018, Plaintiff had complained about her unpaid overtime wages to [an individual defendant] and a co-worker at the time. After Plaintiff contacted counsel to institute this action, she informed her now former co-worker that she had contacted an attorney to pursue her unpaid overtime wages. A few days later, Plaintiff was approached by [an individual defendant], who stated ‘I hear you are suing me. You’re fired, don’t come back.’”