A former Olympic Garden Gentlemen’s Club employee has sued the topless cabaret’s operators and Bankruptcy Court-appointed receiver, claiming he was denied minimum wages as required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Bryan Gonzalez, in a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, accuses Olympic Garden operators Aristotelis “Pete” Eliades and Delores Eliades, and Douglas Gerrard, who was named receiver on Oct. 29, 2014, of failing to pay him for working the club’s door.
The lawsuit lists Gonzalez’s duties such as checking patrons’ identification; logging patrons’ transportation information; paying fees to cabbies and limousine drivers for ferrying patrons to the club; having patrons led to the club’s tables; handling security at the club’s entrance and exit; and escorting performers to their cars after shifts.
The lawsuit states that Gonzalez worked at the club, at 1531 Las Vegas Blvd. South, for three years ending in August and performed his duties four to seven nights weekly, many weeks working more than 40 hours.
Furthermore, the lawsuit states the club’s operators ordered Gonzalez to work 10 hours a day, six days a week and paid him neither minimum wages nor overtime pay from November 2014 through May.
The lawsuit states Gonzalez’s work agreement stipulated that he wouldn’t be paid for his duties but would receive only tips from club patrons and transport drivers.
The lawsuit seeks unpaid minimum and overtime pay and attorneys fees.
Gerrard, reached by phone Thursday, said he had not seen the lawsuit and had no comment on it. But he added that the claims bar date for the receivership had passed in the past couple of weeks and that the lawsuit was unlikely to survive.
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