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TGI Friday’s Hit With Lawsuit For Tip Theft, Minimum Wage, and Other Labor Law Violations

TGI Friday’s was hit with a lawsuit by its servers for violations of state and federal wage payment laws.  According to the lawyers for the workers, which include current and former servers, bussers, runners, bartenders, barbacks, hosts, and other tipped workers, the restaurant chain ...

Oheka Castle Hit with Wage Theft Lawsuit

Oheka Castle, a catering facility for weddings and lavish events in Huntington, Long Island, has been hit with a wage theft class action by a former server and bartender. According to the federal court Complaint filed by the attorneys for the workers, the catering ...

McDonald’s Restaurants Sued for Wage Theft

McDonald’s was hit with seven lawsuits by workers in California, Michigan, and New York, who claimed that the company and some franchise owners failed to pay the employees for all hours worked, failed to pay them overtime, shaved their hours from their time ...

The Metropolitan Is Sued for Overtime and Spread of Hours Violations

The Metropolitan, a popular Long Island catering establishment, has been sued by a dishwasher and food preparer for failing to pay overtime and spread of hours pay. Attorneys for the workers claim that to feign compliance with wage and hour laws, the caterer implemented ...

Domino’s Delivery Workers Receive $1.3 Million Settlement for Wage Theft Violations

Delivery workers who were cheated out of their minimum wage and overtime pay by a Domino’s pizza shop in Manhattan will share in a $1.28 million settlement.  Sixty-one workers will receive back pay and damages, each receiving awards between $400 and $61,300 depending ...

Waiters Get Prime Cut of $446,000 Wage Settlement From Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, rated as one of the best steakhouses in New York City, will pay its current and former waitstaff $446,500 to resolve claims that the restaurant committed wage violations and engaged in improper pay practices. United States District Court Judge Analisa Torres issued a ...

Minimum Wage For Restaurant Workers In New York Set to Increase On December 31, 2013

Some restaurant workers in New York will receive an increase in minimum wage and overtime pay on December 31, 2013. The minimum wage for cooks, dishwashers and other non-tipped employees will increase from $7.25 to $8.00 an hour.  The overtime rate for employees making the minimum wage is calculated at 1 ½ times the minimum ...

Restaurant Worker Rights Group Is Accused of Misconduct

Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a restaurant worker rights advocacy group has been accused of misconduct.  In an opinion piece published in the New York Post, Mike Paranzing accused the ROC of being a labor union front that doesn't practice what it preaches.  ...

Starbucks Decision Addresses Tip-Splitting Under New York Law

The tip splitting policy of Starbucks coffee shops in New York was reviewed by the New York Court of Appeals in a decision that was issued yesterday. In the Starbucks case, the New York Court of Appeals explained that employer-mandated tip splitting should be ...

Explosion in Overtime Lawsuits Reported by CNBC

Overtime lawsuits have hit a record level according to an article by CNBC.  Attorney Louis Pechman, founder of waiterpay.com, was quoted in the article, noting that “workers are becoming more aware of their rights” and that there is still “incredible non-compliance with ...

Upstate New York McDonalds’s Restaurants Accused of Wage Theft

A group of McDonald’s restaurants in Syracuse, Liverpool and other locations in upstate New York have been accused of “time shaving” the pay of employees, according to a class action complaint filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of ...

New York State Attorney General Investigating Pay of Fast Food Workers

The New York State Attorney General is investigating whether fast food restaurants have cheated their workers out of wages, according to a report in the New York Times. Eric T. Schneiderman, the Attorney General, is examining whether certain ...

Philippe Restaurants Hit With Overtime and Tip Skimming Class Action

Philippe restaurants on Long Island and Manhattan have been hit with a class action lawsuit by servers and bartenders who complain that they have been denied minimum wage and overtime pay and that the restaurants improperly took a tip credit under the ...

Department of Labor Cracks Down on Long Island Restaurants

The United States Department of Labor is targeting Long Island restaurants, charging close to 100 restaurants on Long Island with minimum wage and overtime violations in the last year, according to a Newsday article dated February 24.  Chateau ...

Program on “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case” at NYCLA

A program on “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case” will be held at the New York County Lawyers’ Association on January 31, 2013. Faculty for the program are Terri Gerstein, the Labor Bureau Chief, New York State Attorney General’s Office; Justin Swartz, attorney with Outten & Golden LLP; and Noel Tripp, attorney ...

T.G.I. Friday’s Facing Class Action Lawsuit for Minimum Wage and Overtime Violations

A former waitress and bartender at T.G.I. Friday’s in Manhattan has brought a class action lawsuit against the restaurant’s parent company, The Riese Organization, for minimum wage, overtime, and unlawful deductions. Cisse Diombera filed suit in the Southern District of New York on behalf of ...

Landmark Decisions for Waiters’ Rights in Batali and Pier Sixty Cases

On September 13, New York federal court Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis approved a $5.25 million dollar settlement between current and former tipped service workers and Mario Batali’s eight New York City restaurants: Babbo, Bar Jamon, Casa Mono, Del Posto, Esca, Lupa, Otto, and ...

Pret A Manger Sued for Time Shaving and Overtime Violations

Pret A Manger, a British fast food restaurant chain, has been sued by a former employee for pay violations. The class action complaint filed by Manuel Trinidad, a former sandwich maker and cashier of the restaurant chain, claims that he and other employees were ...

Chef Daniel Boulud’s Restaurants Accused of Violating Waiters’ Rights

Renowned Chef Daniel Boulud, whose restaurants have been recognized as the best in New York, has been sued by a former employee for allegedly violating New York and federal wage and overtime laws ...

Lawsuit Against Taco Bell Restaurants Claims Assistant Managers Should Receive Overtime

An overtime class action lawsuit against Taco Bell Company owned restaurants claims that assistant general managers were unlawfully deprived of overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law. The lawsuit against Taco Bell was filed on ...