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Former Server Sues Disney World Over Tipped Wages

Not the happiest place on Earth after all

A former Disney World waitress is taking the happiest place on earth to court, alleging she was ripped off by the Mouse House.

Jasmine Sandoval, a former server at the Magic Kingdom’s Plaza restaurant, is suing Walt Disney World for more than $15,000 in damages, alleging she spent more than 20 percent of her shifts doing non-tipped tasks such as washing dishes and restocking.

Despite this, she was consistently paid the hourly wage for tipped workers. The state of Florida has a minimum wage of $8.05 per hour, and tipped workers are paid a minimum of $5.03 per hour, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Sandoval filed her lawsuit in the Orange County circuit court as an individual claim rather than a class action claim. Sandoval’s attorney, Michael Grossman, explains that individual claims can be resolved quicker. Grossman says, “We're not trying to make millions of dollars. We're just trying to get wages recovered for people.”

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From the lawsuit, Sandoval is seeking back pay, interest, attorney’s fees, and “any additional relief this Court deems just and proper.”