After a year and a half, five ex-employees of La Familia have settled a fair labor lawsuit with the popular Mexican restaurant (“La Familia Sued by Ex-Employees,” Jan. 3, 2012).
The two sides agreed to keep the settlement amount confidential. However, according to a motion filed in April, two of the plaintiffs were seeking damages in excess of $86,000 combined. Ex-employees Joe Lara, Miguel Velazquez, Juan Cano, Genaro Rodriguez, and Daniel Flores had sued La Familia’s co-owners, father Al Cavazos and daughter Lanette Cavazos, in federal court, alleging numerous violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a 1938 law that applies to businesses with annual sales of more than $500,000.
The five –– whose duties included preparing, cooking, and serving food, and washing and cleaning restaurant equipment and environs –– claimed their pay was routinely improperly slashed by the Cavazoses, who, according to the initial filing, also “regularly, even daily,” cursed at the ex-employees, humiliated them, and threatened them physically.