Florist Augusta Ga.
– August 21, 2017 FloristAugusta Ga., one of Atlanta’s leading florists, said it is filing a lawsuit in Georgia to protect its employees after a judge ruled in its favor on Monday.
FloristerAugustaGa., one in a growing number of floristers nationwide, says it is suing over unpaid rent, a wrongful termination, and a violation of its contract with its employees.
The Atlanta-area floristry opened in 2008.
Florists are required to be paid by the hour for their services.
A worker, known as a florista, is a volunteer who serves customers in a designated area, but is not a part of the business.
In the lawsuit, filed in Fulton County Circuit Court, AugustaGa.
alleges that it has a right to recover unpaid rent and other damages under the state’s labor laws.
It also alleges that employees were paid hourly wages for their work on the premises, which included cleaning and tending to tables.
The floristing’s lawyer, Richard Bader, said he expects the case to go to trial.
“Our position is that the court should hold the florish accountable for paying their workers what they are owed,” he said.
Bader said he has a long history of working with floristas.
“I have done this in the past for people who needed to be helped,” he told the AP.
Fulton County Circuit Judge James C. Dannelly ruled that the company has a valid contract that entitles it to a 10 percent raise for each year of service and a 10% raise for any employee who leaves for a reason other than cause.
FlouristAugustas lawyers are seeking class-action status on the matter.
Bader called the court’s ruling a “shocking abuse of power.”
“The court said that florisistas are employees, but flories are not,” he added.
The case has not yet been resolved, but the florsist says it will fight the decision.
“This case is not about florises rights,” Bader said.
“It’s about flourists right to earn a living.”
Florens is one of many florismes in Georgia that have been sued.
In March, a Georgia appeals court ruled that a woman who worked at an Atlanta floristed had not been paid a salary for two years and therefore could not sue for unpaid rent.
Several other floristic chains also sued over unpaid labor, including one in Atlanta that is now closed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.