Waitress Sues California Pizza Kitchen Over Tip-Pooling

Law360, New York (April 23, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT) -- A former server at California Pizza Kitchen Inc. has filed a proposed class action against the restaurant chain, alleging it unlawfully required servers to share tips with nontipped employees.

Melissa Schneider, a server at the chain's Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., location, filed a complaint Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, claiming the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by forcing servers to share tips and counting the tips as wages.

The suit alleges that CPK applied a “tip credit”...
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