According to a new class action lawsuit, Marriott maintained unlawful pay practices that caused Courtyard Hotels food managers to be misclassified and cheated out of overtime pay – a violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The plaintiffs in Parrott v. Marriott International, Inc., include current and former food and beverage managers working at company-owned and/or franchised Courtyard Hotel locations across the United States. They claim that according to its corporate compensation policies, Marriott:
- Illegally misclassified the food managers as exempt from overtime pay;
- Failed to allocate money in local Courtyard Hotel budgets to compensate food managers, then forced the food managers to perform non-exempt tasks such as unloading delivery trucks, stocking items, cooking, setting up banquet rooms, cleaning the premises, and handling general restaurant preparatory work and other customary unskilled work; and
- Willfully failed to pay the food managers for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.
As a result, the plaintiffs were denied overtime compensation to which they were entitled under the FLSA at a rate of one-and-one-half times their hourly rate.
Wage theft in the hospitality industry cheats hard-working employees of their hard-earned compensation. If you were employed as a food and beverage manager or similar non-exempt position at a Courtyard Hotel in the last three years and believe you were denied wages and overtime pay, the attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Wage & Hour Litigation Group will be happy to discuss your right to recover money damages. Please contact us today!