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Ex-Amelie's French Bakery employee files wage theft complaint

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CHARLOTTE — A former manager at Amelie's French Bakery in Charlotte says he's filing a wage theft complaint with the Department of Labor.

Justin Miller worked as a production kitchen manager at the bakery for about a year and a half before quitting this week.

"Employees should be making a living wage before they think about opening up all these restaurants," Miller said.

Miller posted his resignation letter online where it's garnered a lot of attention. In it, he describes some of his reservations about the legality of some of the bakery's policies, including asking employees to work off the clock.

Owner Lynn St. Laurent said she respects Miller's passion and activism for workers' compensation, but that his allegations are not true.

"We had recently come to a conclusion that resulted in a change to some of his responsibilities," St. Laurent said.

St. Laurent said she's surprised Miller resigned this way and worries about the response he's receiving with his public letter.

"What's hurtful is the notion that I may have to terminate people at the first sign of difficulty in dealing with how we like to do things at Amelie's," St. Laurent said.

Miller said the main issue is pay and he hopes customers still support the business.

"The point is to help the workers and not punish the employers," Miller said.

St. Laurent said all employees are compensated for their work and most make above minimum wage.

Amelie's French Bakery employs more than 100 people and recently expanded to three locations in the Charlotte area.

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