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Server tips class action vs suburban Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee cleared to move forward

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 9, 2016, 6:18pm

Despite a federal appeals court's recent ruling that restaurants aren’t necessarily breaking federal labor law by requiring tipped servers to perform tasks other than waiting tables, a Chicago federal judge has decided to allow servers at several suburban Buffalo Wild Wings franchise locations to sue their employers for that same reason.

7th Circuit: Small added tasks don't mean tipped servers doing other jobs, entitled to more pay

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 28, 2016, 2:13pm

A suburban Chicago chain of pancake houses has stacked another win in its ongoing legal fight with former servers who claimed they weren’t paid enough for work they did in addition to waiting tables at the restaurants.

Class action: Visionworks BOGO eyeglass offer bogus, as first pair marked up to offset loss on 'free' pair

Scott Holland Jun. 10, 2016, 9:31am

Visionworks’ buy one, get one free offer on eyeglasses has bought it a new federal class action complaint, alleging the retailer marks up the price of the first pair, making the second one cost much more than "free."

Class actions alleging DirecTV didn't pay its service techs overtime can proceed, judge says

Dana Herra Apr. 19, 2016, 1:57pm

DirecTV and its installation contractors will need to continue to defend itself against a pair of lawsuits brought in Chicago federal court by service technicians who claimed the satellite television provider owes them unpaid overtime.

Servers, other tipped staff allege P.F. Chang's shorted them pay

Scott Holland Apr. 5, 2016, 4:02pm

Servers and other tipped restaurant workers have sued P.F. Chang’s in federal court, claiming the casual Asian restaurant chain didn’t pay them what was required by wage laws.

Former TGI Friday's workers dish out class action, say weren't paid earned vacation time

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 10, 2016, 4:19pm

Two Chicago area women have dished out a potential wage-and-hour class action lawsuit against restaurant chain TGI Friday’s, alleging their former employer maintained a vacation pay policy that violated Illinois law, and did not properly pay employees who quit or were fired for the vacation time they had accumulated while they worked at the restaurants.

Happy returns? Restaurateurs, lawyers watch to see how no-tipping policies impact profits, labor litigation

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Dec. 28, 2015, 11:06am

As the calendar moves into 2016 and beyond, the hospitality industry could see a growing shift among restaurants to no-tipping policies, should restaurateurs across the country see many happy returns for the handful of dining establishments that have already eliminated tipping – and see whether the change might help delete lawsuits over the treatment of tipped employees from the country’s litigation menu.