Carrabba’s Italian Grill Allegedly Violated Tip Credit Laws, Says Class Action Lawsuit
Carrabba’s Italian Grill pays tipped employees, such as waiters and bartenders, less than the federal minimum wage by exploiting tip credit provisions, claims latest class action lawsuit.
Carrabba’s Allegedly Failed to Pay Workers
Carrabba’s Italian Grill, LLC is being sued for allegedly violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) tip credit as well as subsequent underpayment of their employees at the mandated minimum wage rate. In addition, it also violated the Maryland Wage and Hour Law (MWHL) for allegedly failing to pay the plaintiff and other workers their earned minimum wages.
The Carrabba’s Italian Grill Tip Credit Class Action Lawsuit contends that under the tip-credit provisions, the employer of tipped employees may pay them less than the minimum wage rate in certain cases by taking a “tip credit” against the business’s minimum wage responsibilities from the tips obtained from customers.
However, the FLSA and MWHL require employers to notify employees in advance of their intent to use the tip credit, which the plaintiffs contend the defendants did not do.
Carrabba’s also allegedly violated the FLSA and MWHL by conducting illegal deductions that reduced the plaintiff’s direct wage below the minimum required hourly wage for tipped employees, by requiring employees to perform work unrelated to their tipped occupation, and by requiring employees to perform non-tipped side job in excess of 20% of their weekly work time, according to the Carrabba’s Italian Grill Tip Credit Lawsuit.
Carrabba’s No Longer Qualified for Tip Credits
As a result of these violations, the defendant no longer qualifies for the tip credit and must compensate the plaintiff and other workers at the full minimum wage rate, unaffected by the tip credit and for all worked hours, the Carrabba’s Italian Grill Tip Credit Class Action Lawsuit states.
The plaintiff seeks unadulterated minimum wage compensation, liquidated damages, and misappropriated funds, including tips, expenses, and wages wrongfully withheld. They also want an order requiring the defendants to correct their practices in the future; reasonable attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses; and pre- and post-judgment interest.
Editor’s Note on Carrabba’s Italian Grill Tip Credit Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is written to inform you of the case filed against Carrabba’s Italian Grill for allegedly failing to pay its tipped employees their minimum wage. We also suggest you read the Wynn Resorts Tip Settlement.
Case Name & No.: Chauncey Ford v. Carrabba’s Italian Grill, LLC, Case No. 8:21-cv-02964-GLS
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Southern Division
Allegations: Carrabba’s Allegedly Failed to Pay Workers their minimum wage
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