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!

Kevin J. Stoops

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Kevin Stoops is an experienced trial attorney who appears frequently in Michigan state courts and federal courts across the United States, representing clients in complex business litigation. He has vast experience and a track record of successful outcomes high-dollar matters involving trade secret, business tort, intellectual property, executive employment, and class action claims.