Pret A Manger restaurants will pay a total of $910,000 to settle a class action wage lawsuit filed in New York federal court for unpaid wages and tips.
Pret workers sued Pret in August 2012, alleging that Pret failed to pay them overtime pay for hours worked over forty hours per week and for so-called “gap time,” time spent working or preparing for work just before or after the scheduled start of their work day, including times when Pret workers were changing into their uniforms. The lawsuit also included claims for illegal tip-pooling and failure to provide adequate wage statements.
The settlement will be distributed to over four thousand employees who worked at 35 Pret stores in New York City at any time between August 9, 2006 and March 28, 2014. The settlement agreement in the case was approved by Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, a New York federal judge, on September 19.