The Defendants

Fast Casual Partners, LLC (“Fast Casual Partners”) and its owner Lee Diprizito (“Diprizito “) operate a number of franchised stores of Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurant in the States of New Jersey and New York.

The Employees

           Position(s): all hourly-paid restaurant workers employed by Fast Casual Partners to work at its Moe’s Southwest Grill store(s).

           Time Period: September 13th, 2015 through present.

The Claims in the Lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges that Fast Casual Partners and Diprizito committed the following violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the New Jersey Wage and Hour Laws and Regulations:

  Failing to pay the restaurant workers overtime wages at a rate of not less than one and one-half (1.5) times their regular rate of pay; and

  Unlawfully keeping the credit card tips and catering tips without distributing them to the hourly-paid restaurant workers

Case Status

           9/13/2018: the case was filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, captioned Gonzalez v. Fast Causal Partners, LLC d/b/a Moe’s

           Southwest Grill, et al., Case No.: 2:18-cv-13840-SRC- CLW.

How to Participate

If you believe you are owed wages and tips from the claims in the lawsuit, you can join the case by signing a “Consent to Sue” form, which you can obtain by CLICKING HERE.

Until the Consent to Sue form is filed with the Court, the statute of limitations ordinarily continues to run.  The statute of limitations under the Fair Labor Standards Act is 2 years, and 3 years for willful violations. Thus, if you claim wages and tips from 2 or more years ago, they may become unrecoverable if you delay in signing your Consent to Sue form.

If you choose to join this lawsuit, you will be bound by any judgment on any claim you may have under the Fair Labor Standards Act, whether favorable or unfavorable. This means that if you win, you may be eligible to share in the monetary award; if you lose, no money will be awarded and you will not be able to file another lawsuit regarding the matters raised in the lawsuit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Defendant discipline or fire me if I join the case?

No! The Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits retaliation and imposes harsh measures against employers who retaliate. For further information, please consult the Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet.

Will I have to testify or provide documentary proof?

Not necessarily. Many employees obtain monetary recoveries in Fair Labor Standards Act cases without ever having to appear at court or for depositions.

You are not required to provide documentary proof of your unpaid wages. In most cases, the employer is required to provide the employee’s payroll records to the employee and his or her attorney. In fact, the Fair Labor Standards Act mandates that employers keep accurate time and payroll records. The employer cannot escape this duty by requiring you as the employee to provide proof.

However, it is still important that you preserve any physical or electronic evidence relating to the case that you currently possession.

Will Brown, LLC be my attorneys?

Employees who sign Retainer Agreements and/or Consent to Sue forms will be represented by Brown, LLC with respect to the lawsuit and claims described above.

You will not be required to pay any attorneys’ fees or court costs to the Plaintiffs’ lawyers at this time and not pay any attorneys’ fees unless you prevail. Rather, in the event the Plaintiffs prevail in the lawsuit, by either judgment or settlement, the Plaintiffs’ attorneys will request that the Court order Defendant(s) to pay the Plaintiffs’ lawyers their reasonable attorneys’ fees and reimburse them for any expenses.

How long will the case take?

It is very difficult to predict exactly how long a case will take. It depends on a variety of factors including the number of parties and claims involved, the rules and pace of the court, the complexity of the proofs, and the manner in which the employer defends the case.

When and if a settlement is reached, additional time is needed to prepare settlement documents, calculate settlement allocations, and seek and await the court’s review and approval of the settlement. Wage-and-hour cases typically take 2-3 years, but this can be shorter or increase considerably.

 

 

 

 

 

Fast Casual Partners, LLC, d/b/a Moe’s Southwest Grill (Restaurant Workers)