Marlins Move Former Employee’s Wage Suit to Federal Court
In April 2018, a former marketing manager for the Miami Marlins filed a lawsuit against the team, claiming lost wages and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. On Friday, June 1, 2018, the Marlins filed a notice of removal, moving the case to federal court pursuant to the club’s contention that the former employee’s complaint raises substantial questions of federal law.
Boris Garcia Menier started as an intern with the Marlins in 2006 and later became a marketing coordinator, supervisor and then manager until his departure in February 2018. In his complaint, Menier alleges that the Marlins violated his employment agreement as well as state and federal wage standards. He claims that he is entitled to damages for unpaid wages and overtime, asking for a jury award “in excess of $15,000”.
The Marlins have removed the case to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, asserting that the federal district court has original jurisdiction over the Fair Labor Standards Act and supplemental jurisdiction over the remaining state law claims.