NEWS & EVENTS

Settlement for F&S’s $19.1M Wage Deal is Preliminarily Approved by Federal Judge

Fitapelli & Schaffer is pleased to announce the preliminary approval of a revised $19.1 million settlement against TGI Friday’s Inc. by a class of 28,000 tipped employees. A settlement that was originally denied by the Judge resurfaced after specific provisions were removed.

The settlement was initially denied due to the vagueness of the class action’s confidentiality provisions, waivers, and releases. TGI Friday’s allegedly violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, along with the laws of nine states, which the federal judge now ...

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F&S Sues Celeb Lawyer and Restaurateur TV Personality in Sex Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP has filed a lawsuit for sexual harassment and retaliation against Prova Pizzabar co-owned by the former judge of “Iron Chef America”, Donatella Arpaia, and celebrity lawyer, Mark Geragos. The pair is being accused of not properly managing sexual harassment complaints at their Grand Central Terminal pizzeria, terminating the employee who was accosted, and retaliating against her. The former employee claims she was subject to constant sexual harassment at the hands of her co-worker ...

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Chipotle Apprentices Class Action Overtime Case to Get a Second Look

An unpaid overtime lawsuit against Chipotle that was initially filed by Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP and two other labor law firms in November 2012 had been seemingly stopped in its tracks in March of this year. The lawsuit had accused the fast food Mexican chain of wrongfully denying its apprentices overtime and that they had misclassified them as managerial workers. A judge ruled that the lawsuit could not be brought as a class since Chipotle stores in different areas operated ...

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TGI Friday’s Wage Action Settles for $19.1M

Our firm is proud to announce a record breaking settlement amount of $19.1 million for almost 29,000 TGI Friday’s tipped workers.  This result was reached in order to resolve several claims alleging federal and state wage violations. TGI Friday’s, the restaurant chain with an international presence, ultimately agreed to settle in order to eliminate the risk, cost, and delay of years of further litigation. The lawsuit affected TGI Friday’s tipped workers in the following nine states: New York, New Jersey, ...

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Fitapelli & Schaffer Featured in NY Super Lawyers 7 Years in a Row

Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, through its commitment and perseverance in helping recover tens of millions of dollars for its hard working clients, has once again been named to Super Lawyers. The firm focuses exclusively on employee rights and has achieved substantial results in cases relating to unpaid wages, overtime pay, tips and commissions, as well as
discrimination, wrongful termination and whistleblower matters. Click below to read more about the firms success.

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