Searching over 5,500,000 cases.


searching
Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.

Ramos-Rivera v. Redrock Travel Group, LLC

United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Orlando Division

January 7, 2020

ASHLEY RAMOS-RIVERA, Plaintiff,
v.
REDROCK TRAVEL GROUP, LLC, CARDIFF LEXINGTON CORPORATION, JAY JAHID, individually, FERNANDA JAHID, individually, and ROLLAN ROBERTS II, individually, Defendants.

          REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION [1]

          DAVID A. BAKER, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         This cause came on for consideration without oral argument on the following motion:

         MOTION: PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AS TO DEFENDANTS CARDIFF LEXINGTON CORPORATION AND ROLLAN ROBERTS II (Doc. No. 71)

         FILED: January 3, 2020

         THEREON it is RECOMMENDED that the motion be GRANTED.

         I. BACKGROUND.

         On February 7, 2019, Plaintiff filed an Amended Complaint against Defendants for unpaid minimum wages, pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”), 29 U.S.C. §§ 201 et seq. Doc. No. 5. On November 12, 2019, the Court approved a settlement between Plaintiff and Defendants Jay and Fernanda Jahid (the “Jahids”). Doc. Nos. 62, 66. On January 3, 2020, Plaintiff filed an unopposed motion for approval of a Settlement Agreement (“Agreement”) as to Plaintiff's FLSA claims against Defendants Cardiff Lexington Corporation and Rollan Roberts II (“Defendants”) (“the Motion”). Doc. Nos. 5 and 71.

         II. LAW.

         In Lynn's Food Stores, Inc. v. United States Department of Labor, 679 F.2d 1350, 1352-53 (11th Cir. 1982), the Eleventh Circuit addressed the means by which an FLSA settlement may become final and enforceable:

There are only two ways in which back wage claims arising under the FLSA can be settled or compromised by employees. First, under section 216(c), the Secretary of Labor is authorized to supervise payment to employees of unpaid wages owed to them . . . . The only other route for compromise of FLSA claims is provided in the context of suits brought directly by employees against their employer under section 216(b) to recover back wages for FLSA violations. When employees bring a private action for back wages under the FLSA, and present to the district court a proposed settlement, the district court may enter a stipulated judgment after scrutinizing the settlement for fairness.

         Thus, unless the parties have the Secretary of Labor supervise the payment of unpaid wages owed or obtain the Court's approval of the settlement agreement, the parties' agreement is unenforceable. Id.; see also Sammons v. Sonic-North Cadillac, Inc., No. 6:07-cv-277-Orl-19DAB, 2007 WL 2298032, at *5 (M.D. Fla. Aug. 7, 2007) (noting that settlement of FLSA claim in arbitration proceeding is not enforceable under Lynn's Food because it lacked Court approval or supervision by the Secretary of Labor). Before approving an FLSA settlement, the Court must scrutinize it to determine if it is a fair and reasonable resolution of a bona fide dispute. Lynn's Food Store, 679 F.2d at 1354-55. If the settlement reflects a reasonable compromise over issues that are actually in dispute, the Court may approve the settlement. Id. at 1354.

         In determining whether the settlement is fair and reasonable, the Court should consider the following factors:

(1) the existence of collusion behind the settlement;
(2) the complexity, expense, and likely duration of the ...

Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.