“Real Housewife” Sued for Wage Theft at Her Restaurant

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality television celebrity, Teresa Aprea, has been sued for stealing wages and tips at her Little Italy restaurant, Angelo’s of Mulberry Street. Attorneys for waiters, bartenders, cooks, chefs, bakers, and other employees at the restaurant … Continued

Five Tips To Avoid Restaurant Pay Lawsuits

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In handling over 100 restaurant pay lawsuits, I have seen common themes play out, whether that restaurant is a mom and pop take out place or a high end fine dining establishment. From the perspective of someone who has collected … Continued

No-tip Restaurants Are Gaining Traction

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No-tipping policies at restaurants is a growing experiment across the country. Customers at Girard Brasserie in Philadelphia receive a note attached to their bills stating, “Tipping is not necessary.” Restaurant Riki, a Japanese style pub in New York City, has … Continued

“Top Chef” Judge Tom Colicchio Sued for Wage Payment Violations

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Tom Colicchio’s ‘Wichcraft sandwich restaurants have been hit with a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, claiming that the restaurants failed to pay minimum wage and overtime pay, and misappropriated workers’ tips. Attorneys representing a group of baristas, bartenders, porters, delivery … Continued

Wolfgang Puck Settles Wage Theft Claim For $1.7 Million

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Wolfgang Puck has agreed to pay $1.7 million to some 900 former and current restaurant employees to settle an unpaid overtime lawsuit against Spago Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, and Chinois in Santa Monica, California. … Continued

Hooters Workers Sue for Wage Theft

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Waitresses and bartenders at a Hooters Restaurant in Alabama filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that Hooters violated the minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when it paid employees a reduced tipped minimum wage of … Continued

New York State Minimum Wage Rises to $8.75

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Effective December 31, 2014, the New York State minimum wage rose to $8.75 per hour and the overtime rate for workers making the minimum wage rose to $13.13 per hour. This increase is the second in a series of three … Continued

McDonald’s Settles Time Shaving Lawsuit

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A class action wage theft lawsuit brought by approximately 2,300 employees of various McDonald’s Restaurants owned by Crawford Restaurant Group in upstate New York. The wage theft lawsuit, which was filed by the restaurant workers in 2013, alleged that McDonald’s … Continued

Banquet Hall Employees Sue the DoubleTree Hotel

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Banquet hall servers at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westchester, New York are suing for the hotel’s failure to pay minimum wages, overtime wages, spread-of-hours pay, unlawful deductions, and improper distribution of gratuities. According to the collective action lawsuit filed in … Continued