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Florida pizza joint owed servers $120,000 after not paying cash wages or for overtime


October 9, 2023


Owners of an Orlando Giordano’s Pizza had to pony up $125,695 after an investigation found they didn’t pay servers overtime pay or cash wages at all, the U.S. Department of Labor announced. Both actions resulted in violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


That money went to 24 servers at the Giordano’s at 6203 W. Sand Lake Rd., about two miles down Interstate 4 from Universal Studios. At an average of $5,237.29 per employee and at the $1,705 that Rent.com says is the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Orlando, the average server had been shorted about three months of rent.

“The operator of this Giordano’s franchise deprived employees of their rightful pay, making it much harder for them to support themselves,” Wage and Hour Division District Director Wildalí De Jesús said.


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