15 Nov KELLY | DORSEY ATTORNEYS OBTAIN DISMISSAL OF WAGE LAWSUIT AGAINST LOCAL RESTAURANT AND OWNER
Attorney Shaun Bokhari obtained a dismissal, with prejudice, of a lawsuit against a restaurant and Howard County business owner. The plaintiffs were two former employees of the restaurant who alleged that Kelly | Dorsey’s clients failed to pay regular wages as required under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law and failed to pay overtime as required under the Maryland Wage and Hour Law. One of the plaintiffs also alleged that the restaurant and owner failed to make under-the-table cash payments for an unspecified number of hours of unscheduled work. The plaintiffs demanded an award of three times the amount of alleged wages due and costs, expenses, and attorney’s fees. Not only did this lawsuit threaten the financial well-being of the business, but it was also a potential lawsuit magnet that could have enticed other former and current disgruntled employees to sue the business and the owner and force them to litigate multiple cases, regardless of whether such claims would have been meritless. As a result, Attorney Bokhari aggressively litigated the filed lawsuit and deposed each plaintiff for several hours regarding all payments they received from the employers, the time entries they submitted to the employers recording the hours they claimed to have worked, each and every hour they claimed they worked but for which they were not sufficiently paid, and other employees with whom they may have spoken about the lawsuit. After discovery was completed, the plaintiffs settled with the employers under confidential terms, and the Circuit Court for Howard County dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice without the employers having to go through trial and incur attendant expenses. Consequently, Kelly | Dorsey’s clients were protected from financial harm, future legal action by the plaintiffs, and future legal action by other employees.