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Peter Luger’s Steakhouse Settles Wage Lawsuit for $250,000

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Workers at Peter Luger’s, recognized by Zagat’s as the best steakhouse in New York, has agreed to a $250,000 settlement to resolve claims made against the Long Island location of the steakhouse for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York labor law violations, according to papers filed with the court.

Restaurant employees initially filed a complaint against the steakhouse in March 2013, alleging that the restaurant failed to pay them for all hours worked, specifically that the restaurant violated its workers’ rights by failing to pay proper overtime and minimum wages and spread-of-hours pay, and by maintaining an illegal tip pool.  The Complaint alleged that the management deducted $20.00 from the tip pool every day, which would then be given to the kitchen staff at the end of the year.

The workers have asked the Judge Wexler to approve the settlement and certify the proposed class, which would cover 62 employees who worked at the restaurant’s Great Neck location as servers, waitstaff, waiters, and bartenders.

Peter Luger Steak House Sued for Overtime and Illegal Tip Pooling

Peter Luger Steak House has been sued by four former waiters for minimum wage, overtime and tip shaving violations.  The lawsuit, which was filed as a class action, alleges that the Great Neck location of the restaurant, which is consistently ranked as the best steakhouse in New York, committed violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL).  Among other violations the lawsuit claims that servers were not paid for prep work before the start of their shifts and were required to deduct $20 from the tip pool each day for the kitchen staff.

In response to the lawsuit, Carolyn D. Richmond, the attorney for Peter Luger, stated to Newsday, “We firmly believe the restaurant has been in full compliance with all state and federal wage and hour laws.”