The Miami-Dade Democratic Party changed venues for an event this weekend after learning fired employees sued the landmark Versailles restaurant.
The Democrats chose Versailles as the venue for its “Blue Breakfast: The Dollars and Sense of Minimum Wage.” The event is co-hosted by the South Florida AFL-CIO and Unite Here Local 355.
The lawsuit filed this week by two former employees claimed they were retaliated against for reporting illegal activity at the restaurant, such as undocumented workers. The complaint includes claims of sexual-orientation harassment and wage and hour violations.
“As soon as allegations of these practices at Versailles surfaced, we moved rapidly to change the venue for our event,” said Miami-Dade Democratic Party chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein. “We stand on our principles, not only in light of the topic for this event—fair wages—but our core beliefs in equality and fair labor practices.”
Saturday’s event has been moved to La Casita, a Cuban restaurant in Coral Gables.
Attorney Reynaldo Velazquez, a Miami partner at Ford & Harrison representing Versailles and owner Felipe Valls Sr., denied all the allegations in the lawsuit filed by ex-general manager Rigoberto Hernandez and former waiter Adriam Mena.
“Versailles and its owners are prepared to and will vigorously defend the allegations in the complaint,” Velazquez said.
Versailles is frequented by presidential candidates and movers and shakers in the community.