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Las Vegas bar sued for making employee pay back stolen money had faced lawsuit over wages

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The company that owns the bar the place an employee was robbed at gunpoint after which, in line with a lawsuit, compelled to pay back the stolen money had beforehand faced a class-action lawsuit about wages, information confirmed.

Edward Parker, 42, was working at The Lodge at Hualapai in December 2020 when an armed man got here in demanding money, a lawsuit filed Tuesday stated.

Hours after handing over $3,900, Parker stated administration at The Lodge informed him he had to pay the money back, in line with the lawsuit. The signed contract stated $300 would come out of Parker’s paycheck till the complete quantity, $3,937.35, was paid off.

Parker is now dwelling out of state. His attorneys, Sam Mirejovsky and Amanda Brookhyser stated The Lodge coerced Parker to signal the contract and work beneath unfair circumstances after having been the sufferer of against the law.

Police charged the armed robber, later recognized as Jack McLaughlin, 43, in a string of armed robberies from September to December of 2020.

The Lodge, which is made up of a number of restaurant places throughout the Las Vegas Valley, faced a class-action lawsuit in 2016 the place previous workers stated the company underpaid them.

The federal lawsuit claimed The Lodge paid bartenders $1 beneath the minimal wage, which was then $8.25 in Nevada, the lawsuit stated. Instead, bartenders made a wage of $7.25 per hour however had been entitled to the $8.25 since they didn’t obtain certified medical health insurance, the lawsuit stated.

The lawsuit additionally claimed bartenders weren’t paid the right amount in time beyond regulation.

The Lodge settled with a $217,000 cost, which was divided amongst 134 workers after authorized charges, the lawsuit stated. On common, every employee acquired $400.

Christian Gabroy, who filed the 2016 class-action lawsuit, stated he was disgusted with Parker’s account.

“To pay the man and then be insulted with that contract, you’re talking about something that belongs in the slavery days with this thing,” Gabroy stated Wednesday. “How could an individual, how could an employer do that to another human? I don’t know. I don’t know how they sleep at night.”

The signed contract stated $300 would come out of Parker’s paycheck till the complete quantity, $3,937.35, was paid off. (KLAS)

After paying the money back in the summertime of 2021, Parker stated he was fired after taking a pre-approved trip. The lawsuit stated managers permitted the holiday that spring however then modified their trip coverage.

The Labor Commission facilitated a settlement with Parker and The Lodge for $5,500, a spokesperson confirmed, however Parker’s lawyer stated he didn’t settle for it.

The Lodge has not responded to repeated requests for remark.