Lawsuit filed on behalf of servers at Café Istanbul
On October 26, 2017, our firm filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of servers at Café Istanbul in Columbus, Ohio to recover unpaid wages. Café Istanbul serves authentic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine in Easton Town Center.
In the Complaint, the plaintiff-server alleges that Café Istanbul broke minimum wage and overtime laws in four different ways:
- The restaurant did not pay servers for all of their hours,
- The restaurant required servers to give the restaurant some of their tips,
- The restaurant did not provide servers with the required information about the FLSA’s tip credit rules, and
- The restaurant took “kickbacks” from servers’ wages by requiring them to pay for uniforms and other supplies.
The plaintiff seeks to recover unpaid minimum wage and overtime wages on behalf of all servers at Café Istanbul who were subject to the same or similar violations.
TIPPED EMPLOYEE RIGHTS
Tipped employees are among the most common victims of wage theft. If you are a server, know your rights!
- Employers must inform tipped employees of the tip credit provisions of the FLSA, or the employer is not allowed to pay tipped minimum wage (they have to pay full minimum wage instead).
- Employers cannot require tipped employees to share tips with non-tipped employees, including the restaurant or business itself, managers, or back-of-the-house employees.
- Employers cannot require tipped employees to work “dual jobs,” e., spend significant amounts of time completing non-tipped “side work.”
- Employers cannot take deductions or “kickbacks” from tipped employees’ wages for the employer’s benefit. This includes making tipped employees pay for “dine and dashes,” broken dishes, or uniforms.
Does your employer violate any of the above rules? Markovits, Stock & DeMarco LLC has extensive experience representing tipped employees. Call us at 513-651-3700 or complete the form below to initiate a free, and 100% confidential case evaluation.
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