Taco Truck Class Action Suit
Former employees file Taco Truck Class Action Suit in Hoboken
Hudson County resident Jonathan Velazquez, and other employees of The Taco Truck filed a “Collective Action Complaint” against the popular Mexican eatery in Hoboken. The Taco Truck, which started as a single mobile food vendor, quickly expanded their “empire” to include three brick & mortar locations, an additional truck (in Boston, MA) and a “cart” that handles special events and private catering. The Taco Truck class action suit claims that Velazquez, and several other “non-exempt” drivers, cooks, cook preps and cashiers all suffered damages as a result of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New Jersey State Wage and Hour Law.
In the suit, which goes after The Taco Truck Limited Liability Corporation, as well as individual owners Jason Scott and Chris Viola, accuses the company of overworking this group of employees without proper compensation. “Plaintiff VELAZQUEZ routinely works on average approximately seventy (70) to eighty (80) hours per workweek on behalf of Defendants, but was not fully compensated for all of his hours worked.”
The plaintiffs seek to recover “time and a half” for the overtime hours worked during their employment, and claim The Taco Truck “willfully violated” Fair Labor laws.
Do you think they have a valid point? Are some “small business” owners just greedy slave drivers, or were these just disgruntled ex-employees?
You can read court documents here. The Taco Truck recently filed a time extension for discovery.