The Department of Labor refused to take his case, but the lawyers Michael Faillace & Associates did and they won it. When Mexican Carlos Torralba gets in his recently bought 2018 Chevrolet Impala and turns on the engine, he thanks the law firm of Michael Faillace and Associates. They changed his life allowing him to debut a new car and even laying down the foundation for a business. Torralba worked as a delivery boy in a restaurant named Gigino Trattoria located in Manhattan, New York. He worked there for a long time until his started being taken away to give 20% to two other food runners.
“I worked for six years with that chunk that was being taken out of my work day” describes Carlos. “The same thing was happening to 8 more of my coworkers, and not too long after we were all fired because of manager that was jealous. That’s when I suggested that we should all sue to get our money back,” says the Mexican.
Now, he has noticed that thanks to winning the law suit, his old job pays their employees $13 an hour and the manager that fired them now treats the personnel with more kindness. “I was making $7.50 an hour for many years,” he says. But he wants to say one more thing. The money he won thanks to the legal work of Faillace and his associates will also help him to have a more independent life, and at the same time he hopes, a prosperous future. For now, he has a part nicely saved and tucked away as him and his wife are trying to save until they have enough to venture into the olive oil and Italian products industry. “Our idea is to open up a warehouse, buy pallets, and for example sell olive oil or any of our Italian products to Italian restaurants in New York and New Jersey. That’s exactly it – we want to open a distributor of pure Italian products,” explains Carlos, who knows this market very well since he works distributing these products. In the future, he wants to be his own boss, but in the meantime he encourages his friends to follow his example and not fall behind. Uniting action with the word has convinced two other workers to sue their employers and their case is going very well. Finally, he hopes that his testimony will be read and shared by his fellow workers so that it can serve them as an example to defend their rights.