South Beach Maid Wins Unemployment

In a hotly contested unemployment case, our client won her unemployment against the Mondrian Hotel in South Beach.

Our client was fired for allegedly stealing $20 from a guest room. She worked as a maid and said she thought the $20 was a tip. There was also a wallet in the room and she never touched it.

Her actions were all on videotape because it was a “sting” operation at the hotel, due to other guests complaining of items that disappeared, according to the testimony of the hotel employees. Our client, however, honestly believed the $20, laying on the dresser, was a tip. She testified that many guests left her cash tips. And, when hotel security first confronted her, she admitted to taking the $20.

Her unwavering story and honest belief that it was a tip, was enough to win her unemployment hearing. Generally, if there is good cause to fire an employee, they will not receive unemployment. In this case, Attorney Lauren Schlossberg of our Miami Beach office, argued that there was no good cause to fire our client, and the judge agreed.


About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law and immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at, 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.