Former Palm Beach Hotel condo employee files whistleblower lawsuit

Article Courtesy of The Palm Beach Daily News

By David Rodgers   

Published November 19, 2015


A former Palm Beach Hotel condominium employee claims he was fired because he would not conceal alleged mold problems and “structural defects” at the building, a town landmark at 235 Sunrise Ave.

In a whistleblower complaint filed last week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Charles Barone claims he was fired by condominium President Shay Pallas after bringing up those alleged issues.

Attorney Brian Buckstein states in the suit that Barone complained to Pallas “multiple times” about the alleged problems. Pallas told Barone to conceal evidence of mold and structural issues, according to the complaint, which also alleges Pallas refused to change the property to improve accessibility for the disabled as agreed upon as part of a settlement agreement.

The Palm Beach Hotel at 235 Sunrise Ave. has town landmark status.

Barone is seeking back pay, front pay and compensatory damages under the Florida Private Whistleblower’s Act, along with interest, attorney fees and other costs.


A lawyer representing the condo association said she had not seen the complaint and could not comment.

Calls to Pallas for comment were not immediately returned.