October 2010

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Dancers’ Lawsuit Against Penthouse Certified as a Class Action

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Dancers who are claiming that they were cheated out of tips and wages, were granted conditional class certification status. Find more about this story here.

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Proposed NY Hospitality Wage Order is Published For Restaurant Minimum Wage, Tip and Overtime Issues

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The Proposed Order combines the wage orders for the restaurant and hotel industries into a single new Minimum Wage Order. Find out more info here.

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Starwood Agrees to $1.65 Million Settlement for Withholding Tips to Waiters at Hotel Banquets

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. settled a class action brought on behalf of waiters. Find more detailed information about this story here.

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Judge Bars Discovery Into Immigration Status of Undocumented Workers Who Sued Their Employer For Overtime and Minimum Wage

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Judge Thomas E. Boyle, denied an employer’s request to get discovery of the immigration status of workers. Find more information about this story here.

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Mario Batali Faces Another Lawsuit For Allegedly Taking Tips

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Mario Batali’s Del Posto restaurant was sued by 27 former and current workers for taking tips from its staff. Find more information about this story here.

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New York State Department of Labor Set to Issue Revised Restaurant Wage Order

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The revised Wage Order includes recommendations increasing wage rates for tipped employees. Find more information about this wage increase here.

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Top Chef Tom Colicchio Gives National Attention to New York Spread of Hours Law

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Tom Colicchio, advised restaurant owners that they should not leave human resources laws and regulations to someone else. Find more on this story here.

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New York Times Article Highlights Workplace Injuries That Face Cooks in Restaurants

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Hot equipment and oil, heavy lifting, and slippery floors are common workplace hazards in restaurants. Find more detailed information on this story here.

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Feds Bust Up Smuggling Ring That Supplied Below Minimum Wage Chinatown Restaurant Workers

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Last week federal agents arrested 23 people on charges that they smuggled 70 people from China to work in Chinatown. Find more on this story here.

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