Delivery Workers Cannot be Paid a Tip Credit says Connecticut Supreme Court

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There has been an important development for tipped workers in the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Supreme court has decided that delivery workers cannot be paid a tip credit instead of the full minimum wage rate. The norm had been that businesses like hotels and restaurants would pay its delivery workers the reduced minimum wage because they were earning tips, however, this recent decision points out that the law may have been misinterpreted all along. Delivery workers may have always ...

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Rosa Mexicano Wage Lawsuit

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On Thursday, July 07, 2016, Fitapelli & Schaffer LLP filed a class action wage lawsuit against Rosa Mexicana, a Michelin rated restaurant serving upscale Mexican inspired dishes with 17 locations worldwide. This lawsuit seeks to recover minimum wages, overtime pay, call-in pay, and other wages for Plaintiffs and their similarly situated co-workers – servers, bussers, bartenders, food runners, barbacks and other “tipped workers” – who work or have worked at Rosa Mexicano restaurants nationwide with the exception of Rosa Mexicano ...

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Restaurant Worker Rights: Eliminating Tips Backfires

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Is Eliminating Tips a Good Idea?

Last year, a restaurant owner in San Francisco, Thad Vogler, took the initiative to eliminate tipping in both of his restaurants in a search to increase restaurant worker rights. Such a move in the restaurant industry is expected to have a positive impact on its tipped workers as well as back of the house workers. With tips eliminated, wages were set increase to benefit its workers. This pay raise was made possible by ...

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Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse Lawsuit Filed by Fitapelli & Schaffer

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On Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York on behalf of all servers, bussers, bartenders, barbacks, and other tipped workers (collectively “Tipped Workers”) who work or have worked at Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse located at 1553 Central Avenue, Albany, New York 12205 (“Albany Delmonico’s”); 125  White Spruce Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14623 (“Rochester Delmonico’s”); 147 North Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502 ...

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KOI Restaurant Lawsuit

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On Friday, August 28, 2015, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Koi Group Inc, Koi NY LLC d/b/a Koi Restaurant, and Koi NY Downtown LLC d/b/a Koi SoHo, (collectively, “Koi”). The lawsuit is filed on behalf of all servers, bussers, runners, bartenders and other “Tipped Employees” who work or have worked at Koi Restaurant located at the Bryant Park Hotel or Trump Soho in ...

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Artisanal Restaurant Lawsuit Filed by Fitapelli & Schaffer

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On July, 22 2015, Fitapellli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro, LLC (“Artisanal”), Vincent S. Bonfittodrory a/k/a “Sarid Drory,” and Terrance Brennan. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of all servers, bussers, runners, bartenders, and other similarly situated tipped employees (collectively, “Tipped Employees”) who work or have worked at Artisanal, located at 2 Park Avenue South, New York, New York ...

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F&S Files Class Action Lawsuit For Unpaid Wages Against Ricardo’s Steakhouse

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On July 16, 2015, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District Court for the Southern District of New York against Ricardo LLC d/b/a Ricardo Steak House. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of all servers, busboys, runners, bartenders, cocktail waiters/waitresses, and other similarly situated tipped workers (collectively, “Tipped Workers”) who work or have worked at Ricardo Steak House in New York City.

The lawsuit alleges that the owners and operators ...

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Fitapelli & Schaffer Obtains an $889,000 Verdict Following a Week-Long Trial For 7 Restaurant Workers

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On August 22, 2014, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Louya Corp. d/b/a Jacques Brasserie as well its individual owners and related entities (collectively, “Defendants”).  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven cooks, waiters, and runners (collectively, “Non-Exempt Employees”) who work or have worked at Jacques Brasserie in New York City.

The lawsuit alleged that the Defendants instituted widespread practices and policies that violated the ...

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Lawsuit Filed Against Stone Street Tavern For Unpaid Wages

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On June 29, 2015, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class and collective action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District Court for the Southern District of New York against 85 Pearl Street Venture LTD. d/b/a Stone Street Tavern (“Stone Street Tavern”). The lawsuit is filed on behalf of all servers, bussers, runners, bartenders, barbacks, and other similarly situated tipped employees (collectively, “Tipped Employees”) who work or have worked at Stone Street Tavern in New York City.

The ...

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Sushi Samba Lawsuit

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On May 13, 2015, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Gaucho, LLC; Samba Brands Management; 7th & Barrow LLC; Avenue Spoon Inc.; Shimon Bokova; Danielle Billera; and Matthew Johnson (collectively, “Defendants”) who collectively own and operate the Sushi Samba restaurants in New York City, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Las Vegas.  The lawsuit is filed on behalf of all servers, bussers, runners, bartenders, ...

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