One of the nation’s most popular casual dining spots has been named in a class action lawsuit. TGI Friday’s is accused in the suit of systematically underpaying its tipped employees. Allegations made within the suit filed on April 17, 2014 in New York Federal Court include: TGI Friday’s requires that tipped workers are at work early and say late after closing without minimum wage compensation and/or overtime pay. The suit was filed by four former employees of TGI Friday’s in the New York metro area and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Plaintiffs also indicate that the restaurant management utilized a central time-keeping system that allowed them to cut hours from employee time records – requiring employees to work off the clock doing prep work and clean up before and after their shifts/restaurant hours.
No one has indicated a specific dollar amount for this lawsuit, but speculation puts it in the millions. Allegations of violations of the Federal Fair Standards Act and the New York Law were made against TGI Friday’s and Carlson Restaurants (its parent company).
TGI Friday’s has approximately 540 domestic locations and 17,700 US employees. The suit represents all current and former workers: servers, bartenders, hosts, bussers and any other “tipped” workers at the chain.
Workers are seeking recovery of minimum wages as well as overtime pay, misappropriated tips, unlawful deductions, etc.
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