Barbecue Chain Says Worker's Suit Shouldn't Be Certified

Law360 (March 26, 2020, 7:41 PM EDT) -- Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill told a Florida federal judge on Thursday that a former manager gave no evidence for class certification of her claims that she was misclassified by the restaurant chain as exempt from overtime pay, arguing that her experience was not enough to assume all similar employees were treated the same way.

In a telephonic hearing before U.S. District Judge Raag Singhal, Smokey Bones’ attorney Gerald Maatman Jr. said this case, brought by plaintiff Brigida Elliott, involves one employee who worked at two restaurants in Massachusetts as a service manager and as a kitchen manager and claims...

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